Journal article

School—Parent Relations in Victorian Schools

David Gurr, Lawrie Drysdale, Donald M Walkley

Journal of School Public Relations | University of Toronto Press Inc. (UTPress) | Published : 2012

Abstract

This article provides commentary that focuses on school—parent relations in Australia through exploration of schools in the state of Victoria across three aspects: school—parent partnership, parental involvement in the governance of schools, and parental involvement in school accountability processes. Parental involvement is typically at a level controlled by the school, rather than a more participatory and reciprocally influential activist level. At a time when there is a renewed emphasis on autonomy for schools in Victoria, it is suggested that there is urgency for research focused on an activist orientation, rather than the controlled parental involvement currently evident.

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