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The Importance of Presence: Immigrant Parents' School Engagement Experiences


Carreon, G.P.
Drake, C.
Barton, A.C.


Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

American Educational Research Journal 42 3, 2005, 465-500 pages

Description of Resource

In this article, the authors draw upon ethnographic methodology to report on the stories of three working-class immigrant parents and their efforts to participate in their children's formal education. Their stories are used as exemplars to illuminate the challenges immigrant parents face as they work to participate in their children's schooling. In contrasting the three stories, the authors argue that parental engagement needs to be understood through parents' presence in schooling, regardless of whether that presence is in a formal school space or in more personal, informal spaces, including those created by parents themselves. - Publisher's description