"We'd better hide those tats": A transient family tries to fit into school

Henderson, Robyn W. (2005) "We'd better hide those tats": A transient family tries to fit into school. In May, Stephen, Franken, Margaret, & Barnard, Roger (Eds.) First International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity Conference, 26-29 November, 2003, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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As the two main settings and experiences of contemporary children's lives, home and school have been foregrounded for their role in constructing and shaping the current parameters of childhood (Edwards, 2002). Research has often focussed on the constraining nature of school-based discourses on family practices. By foregrounding school-based literacy practices to the detriment of others, the institution of schooling risks marginalising students and their families and constraining their potential levels of participation. However, little work has been done on the explicit moves that some families make to limit the institutional gaze directed towards their children. To redress this issue, this paper considers the efforts of one itinerant family, who make deliberate attempts to bridge the gap between home and school, by masking some of their home practices.

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ID Code: 2066
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: literacy, diversity, mobility, home, school relations
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:27

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