31. Parents as Critical Educators and Ethnographers of Schooling

  1. Bradley A. U. Levinson3 and
  2. Mica Pollock4
  1. Janise Hurtig1 and
  2. Andrea Dyrness2

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396713.ch31

A Companion to the Anthropology of Education

A Companion to the Anthropology of Education

How to Cite

Hurtig, J. and Dyrness, A. (2011) Parents as Critical Educators and Ethnographers of Schooling, in A Companion to the Anthropology of Education (eds B. A. U. Levinson and M. Pollock), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396713.ch31

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Indiana University, USA

  2. 4

    Harvard, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    PRAIRIE Group, College of Education, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

  2. 2

    Trinity College, Hartford, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190053

Online ISBN: 9781444396713



  • parents as critical educators - and ethnographers of schooling;
  • accounting for parent involvement - goal for parents to be heard;
  • contributions of critical ethnography and ethnographically informed PAR;
  • parent involvement as policy - scrutinizing of parents, living in marginalized communities;
  • parent involvement, sounding the alarm - “low” levels of involvement of ethnic minority parents;
  • ethnographic research on Latino child socialization - in the home;
  • critical ethnography, focused on micro-level of interactions within schools;
  • activist ethnography with parents;
  • parents and ethnographers - as participatory researchers;
  • writing workshops, forum for creative expression - participants sharing writings based on experience


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Accounting for Parent Involvement

  • Parent Involvement as Policy

  • Tcritical Ethnographies of Parents: Parents as Educators in and Out of School

  • Activist Ethnography with Parents

  • Parents and Ethnographers as Participatory Researchers

  • Reflections on Critical and Activist Approaches to the Ethnography of Parent Involvement

  • References