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(Mis)understanding Families: Learning from Real Families in Our Schools

reviewed by Mavis G. Sanders - February 04, 2010

coverTitle: (Mis)understanding Families: Learning from Real Families in Our Schools
Author(s): Monica Miller Marsh and Tammy Turner Vorbeck (eds.)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807750379, Pages: 224, Year: 2009
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“Dialogue presupposes that we talk with each other, not at each other” (Brock, 2010, p.129). In (Mis)Understanding Families, editors Monica Miller Marsh and Tammy Turner-Vorbeck successfully assemble diverse and powerful voices that will enrich the dialogue about families’ roles in schools. In eleven chapters, divided in two parts, readers are introduced or reintroduced to key concepts in the field, and encouraged to question existing practices of and assumptions about family involvement. In Chapter 1, which serves as a prelude to Part I of the manuscript, Debbie Pushor invites the reader to question the underlying assumptions of ritualistic family involvement practices such as “Meet the Teacher Nights,” and to consider alternative ways for families and school personnel to begin the academic year. Pushor guides the reader in imagining what family-school interaction might mean for students’ education if parent engagement, which she defines as more inclusive and participatory than parent involvement, served as... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 04, 2010
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15908, Date Accessed: 6/19/2021 1:33:09 PM

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  • Mavis Sanders
    Johns Hopkins University
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    MAVIS G. SANDERS, Ph.D. in education from Stanford University, is professor in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. She coordinates and teaches graduate courses in leadership for school, family, and community collaboration, and qualitative research methodology and design. Dr. Sanders has written and presented numerous papers on the processes and outcomes of school, family, and community connections. Her latest book, Principals Matter: A Guide to Programs of School, Family, and Community Partnerships, co-authored with Dr. Steven Sheldon, was published by Corwin Press in 2009.
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