Head, EL (2020) Digital technologies and parental involvement in education: the experiences of mothers of primary school-aged children. British Journal of Sociology of Education. ISSN 0142-5692

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This paper makes a contribution to the developing field of the political economy of educational technology and to an understanding of the significance of digital technologies for home-school relations. The digitalisation of social life is increasing and the impact of digitalisation on home-school relations, parents, and children is under-researched. This article draws on a new qualitative study where fifteen mothers were interviewed about parenting a primary school aged child in England with a focus on digital technologies, home-school relations, and parenting. I argue that processes of digitalisation are contributing to a bureaucratisation of home-school relations. Drawing on Weber’s social theory, I argue that managing communications and information is taking precedence over other aspects of parental involvement in education. In this process, digital technologies are contributing to increasing demands for involvement in education that are placed on parents, reinforcing the wider norms of the intensification and professionalisation of parenting.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this article along with all relevant information regarding copyrights can be found at; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01425692.2020.1776594
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital technologies, home-school relations, motherhood, parental involvement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2020 14:20
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2021 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/8382

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