Involving Roma parents : analysing the good practice of a primary school in Ghent
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
British journal of sociology of education. - Birmingham
, p. 1-23
University of Antwerp
Recently, societal and academic attention toward the topic of Roma integration has been increasing. With this paper, we aim to make a contribution in the domain of educational research. We explore strategies schools can adopt to improve the involvement of Roma parents. Using a theory-based stakeholder evaluation, we more specifically analyse how the organisational model of a primary school contributes to the establishment of trust between both parties. The results show that the theoretical principles guiding the daily school practices and interventions are aligned with the needs and specificity of the target audience, but are also broadly supported by the school staff. As such, the organizational structure of the school contributes to the support of the school staff for the global school vision and to the overall success of the approach. Nevertheless, some tension remains between team members working on the care aspect and teachers working solely within the classrooms.