An Investigation of Parental Calls Regarding Schooling to District Offices within Bourdieu's Framework of Cultural Reproduction Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Stipe-Zendle, Shirley
    • Affiliation: School of Education
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  • This mixed methods, empirical, comprehensive research in education guided by concepts of social scientist Pierre Bourdieu's theory of cultural reproduction identifies parent calls to urban school district office staff in the Southeastern region of the United States as resistance to claims that schools are culturally neutral. Quantitative investigation through correlation study identifies relationships between frequency and topics of 5,369 calls and school characteristics such as size, free/reduced lunch percentages, student achievement proficiency levels, teacher experience, crime and suspension rates and time of year. Qualitative analysis of some calls provides perspective on differing socioeconomic status parents' complaints and distinctions in ability to advocate for students with cultural capital and persuasive tools. Referencing Lareau and Auerbach, content analysis of discipline, personnel, transportation, safety, and other concerns by higher and lower income parents and identification of symbolic violence, habitus, social class divisions, misrecognition, sense of entitlement and powerlessness and need are accomplished.
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  • Schainker, Stanley
  • English, Fenwick
  • Veitch, James
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  • Doctor of Education
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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  • 2014
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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