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The spatialities of school-parent-community engagement

Stratford, E ORCID: 0000-0001-6273-493X, Kilpatrick, S ORCID: 0000-0003-2473-9814, Katersky Barnes, R ORCID: 0000-0001-9391-6277, Burns, G and Fisher, S 2020 , 'The spatialities of school-parent-community engagement', in Becky Shelley and Kitty te Riele and Natalie Brown and Tess Crellin (eds.), Harnessing the transformative power of education , Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 232-250.

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School-parent-community engagement is known to be critically important foreducational outcomes. When school personnel, parents, and members of localcommunities engage with one another there are significant dividends – socialcapital, trust, and mutual understanding among them. When those dividendsmultiply, children and young people tend to engage – both more and more often– in their school communities, families, and wider social milieux. In the process, education and learning extend across generations. Evidence suggests thatengagement also either flourishes or is attenuated as a result of the settings inwhich interactions occur. Yet, in the scholarly and policy literature, engagementis often written or reportedly spoken about as though it was an aspatial phenomenon. The aim of this chapter is to explore this tendency to elide the spatialitiesof engagement by reference to a two-year research project based in 12 publicschools in Tasmania, Australia. Our foundational premise is that engagement isalways already spatialized. The question we consider in particular is what evidence is there that school personnel, parents, and community members have ordo not have explicit or implicit understandings of the spatialities of engagement?

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Stratford, E and Kilpatrick, S and Katersky Barnes, R and Burns, G and Fisher, S
Keywords: school-parent-community engagement, spatialities , milieu, educational attainment, public schools, Tasmania, Australia
Publisher: Koninklijke Brill NV
DOI / ID Number: 10.1163/9789004417311_017
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Copyright 2020 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden

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