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Collaborating with Parents to Support Schooling? Teacher Representations and Professional Practices

Carole Asdih

The research deals with teaching behaviour and practical experiences that aim at bringing together families who live in precarious contexts, involving them in their children’s schooling and improving communication between partners. The school population is in difficulty and suffers from truancy problems. The qualitative analysis shows that the 16 teachers we have interviewed consider that cooperation with parents is of primordial importance and that they are closely involved. However this cooperation is weakened by a certain number of emotional and affective interventions, by idealized expectations, by offbeat interpretations and by the need for recognition and support. Unusual and experimental activities, such as a life diary, storytelling and booster clubs encourage both oral and written exchanges that get parents involved.