Dom Leen & Verhoeven Jef C. (2006). Â« Partnership and conflict between parents and schools : How are schools reacting to the new participation law in Flanders (Belgium) ? Â». Journal of Education Policy, vol. 21, nÂ° 5, septembre, p. 567–597.
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Creators: Dom, Verhoeven
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This paper explores the relationship between parents and schools. Over the last 30 years the importance attached to parentsâ€™ views on education has increased significantly throughout the Western world. Policy-makers encourage parental participation and involvement through the creation of councils in which parents have a say. In Flanders in Belgium in 2004 a new participation law was
passed. We study the impact of this law on the micropolitical relations between parents, school heads and teachers. We conducted in-depth interviews with teachers, parents, school heads and members of the organizing body in four primary schools and observed parentsâ€™ gatherings. Starting from the partnershipâ€“conflict opposition, we focus on the functioning of the parentsâ€™ associations and the way parentsâ€™ associations, school heads and teachers are dealing with this new law. We found that the parentâ€“school relationship differs greatly from school to school. While the socioeconomic middle class predominates in the four parentsâ€™ associations, the results show that parental empowerment is enhanced only in those schools with mainly socio-economically weak families.
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