Researching families, educators and communities as educational advocates: cross national perspectives

This project is a World Education Research Association International Research Network organised with Lauri Johnson and Sue Winton.

The full proposal submitted, and our aims, can be downloaded here – IRN.proposal.Families.Communities.Advocates.

In essence ‘we aim to take a critical look at the research regarding culturally responsive school-community partnerships that challenge the status quo and work to improve democratic decision-making, support public education, strengthen neighborhoods, and advocate for diverse participation in educational arenas.’ (proposal document).

The network has three broad areas of interest – parents and families (led by Lauri), community organisations (led by Sue) and teachers/educators (led by myself). We are interested in each of these elements individually, but also, crucially, exploring the circumstances when coalitions form across these different groups. We are also concerned with exploring these issues in different international contexts.

We have a full plan of work – this is outlined in the proposal, but we already have additional activities planned.

If you would like to be part of this network – please email me –

Details of this work can be found in blogposts tagged WERA.


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