Bristol Conversations in Education - Problematizing (the way we think about) Parenting

14 November 2018, 12.00 PM - 14 November 2018, 1.00 PM

Dr Janet Goodall

Room 4.10, School of Education, Bristol, BS8 1JA

This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series.

Speaker: Dr Janet Goodall, University of Bath

This seminar will present challenges to and questions around current work in the field of parental engagement with children’s learning.

We have known of the importance of parental engagement for many years. Yet much of the literature around this subject seems to take place without being set in a context, and without addressing may of the deeper issues which may be at play. Are we in danger of perpetuating the very situation of inequity we have set out to alleviate?

Is there much at play here than we can see on the surface? In this interactive seminar, we will explore some of the systematic issues which inform practices, policy and research in this area. This will include – but not be limited to – issues such as the persistence of a discourse of a culture of poverty, and gendered assumptions around parenting.

Bio for Dr Janet Goodall

Janet is a lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management, at the University of Bath. For many years, she has been interested in parents’ engagement with their children’s learning; she has written and spoken on this widely. She has worked with individual schools, local authorities, charities and larger bodies. Last year she published an academic monograph: Narrowing the Achievement Gap, Parental Engagement. Her newest book, with Dr Kathy Weston, will be published by Bloomsbury in November: 100 Tips for Primary Teachers: Engaging Parents.


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