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Caribbean Journal of Education

Mothering for Schooling, by Alison I. Griffith and Dorothy E. Smith

Publication Date: 
April 2006

This book employs an institutional ethnographic mode of inquiry to examine how organizational structures influence the everyday activities of mothers in the process of schooling. It examines the extent to which parents' work or involvement in schooling contributes to the overall level of academic achievement of their children and the educational work performed in schools. The research provides a comparative analysis of the level or quality of involvement that is contributed to the maintenance of school practices by middle-class and lower-class mothers. Further it also highlights the manner in which the level of involvement that is expected from mothers on the part of teachers and administrative staff, impacts on the perception of capability among the children and families and also affects the academic expectations of the staff.

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