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Making sense of homework: parental resources for understanding mathematical homework in multicultural settings. : Learning, Social Interaction and Diversity - Exploring Identities in School Practices

Crafter, Sarah (2012) Making sense of homework: parental resources for understanding mathematical homework in multicultural settings. : Learning, Social Interaction and Diversity - Exploring Identities in School Practices. In: Learning, Social Interaction and Diversity - Exploring Identities in School Practices. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 53-68. ISBN 9789460918018

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Abstract

Parental involvement in children’s homework is strongly endorsed and encouraged by political and educational policy in the UK. However, involvement in mathematics homework is said to be particularly problematic for parents because of changes to the curriculum since their own schooling, the introduction of multitudinous mathematical strategies at school, and in the case of multicultural communities, an ever-increasing heterogeneity of learning experiences amongst parents. Using the theoretical framework of cultural models and cultural settings this chapter examines the kinds of resources parents use to make sense of their child’s mathematics homework. Two parental resources for making sense of mathematics homework are scrutinized: (a) the child, and (b) cultural models of child development. The interviews with twenty-two parents revealed that these resources were highly intangible and often symbolic models which were open to misunderstandings, resistances and transformations. Also, the child could be an active or resistant co-constructor of these resources which subsequently informed the homework setting.

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Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Thomas Coram Research Unit
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 13 May 2014 12:35
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