Family Affair When School Troubles Come Home

ISBN-10: 0325001014
ISBN-13: 9780325001012
Edition: 2000
List price: $30.63
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Description: Little is known about the effects of schooling on parents, especially on those with children who struggle in school. As an educator whose work focuses on struggling students and as a parent of a daughter who has herself struggled, Curt  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.63
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/29/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.07" wide x 8.96" long x 0.37" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Little is known about the effects of schooling on parents, especially on those with children who struggle in school. As an educator whose work focuses on struggling students and as a parent of a daughter who has herself struggled, Curt Dudley-Marling has special insight into this issue. He has discovered firsthand that relatively minor problems in school can have far-reaching consequences on family life. Now, Dudley-Marling shares his perspective with other educators. Drawing on a series of interviews with parents, A Family Affair provides an insider's view of what happens at home when school goes wrong. Always interesting and sometimes painful, these stories reveal that school troubles threaten the happiness and self-esteem of children; disrupt relationships; and, in general, deny parents and children many of the pleasures of family life. Some of the other topics covered include: homework as a "carrier" for school troubles; the degree to which the burdens of school troubles fall on mothers; what parents think about the issue of labeling; how school troubles shape people's perceptions of children; how school troubles affect parent-school relations; parents' differential access to resources that can support children's schooling; and advice for teachers and parents. This is a cautionary tale for educators and educational policymakers. It will be of particular interest to teachers who worry about the effects of school troubles on children and their families. It will also comfort parents who have experienced the devastation of living with a struggling learner.

Curt Dudley-Marling is a professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, where he teaches courses in literacy and language arts. His research interests focus on struggling readers and writers, the social construction of learning identities, and the potential of high-expectation curricula with low-achieving students. He is the author or coauthor of a number of books with Heinemann, including A Family Affair (2000); Readers and Writers with a Difference, Second Edition (1996); Who Owns Learning? (1994); When Students Have Time to Talk (1991); and the James N. Britton Award-winning Living with Uncertainty (1997). Most recently, Curt has coauthored with Patricia Paugh A Classroom Teacher's Guide to Struggling Readers (2004) and A Classroom Teacher's Guide to Struggling Writers (2009).

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