04 SES 07 A, Collaboration between Organizations (Closing Gaps)
Parallel Paper Session
Chair: Gunilla Lundström
This research is a review of literature to find out whether interventions addressing aspirations, locus of control and valuing school would have a good chance of reducing the attainment gap between richer and poorer children and therefore increasing educational inclusion. There was a particular focus on whether ‘aspirations’ is something to focus on in raising attainment. This review will be of interest to all those concerned with reducing educational inequalities including practitioners and policy makers.
This review was funded by the charity 'Joseph Rowntree Foundation' (JRF) that has a commitment to looking at ways to address poverty. Working on this project with JRF was particularly interesting in terms of the attention given to dissemination. When the report was published, this project with 2 other related projects were taken to key national and regional UK policy makers.
Crozier, G. and Davies, J. (2007) Hard to Reach Parents or Hard to Reach Schools? A discussion of home-school relations, with particular reference to Bangladeshi and Pakistani parents. British Educational Research Journal, 33(3), 295-313 Cummings, C., Dyson, A., and Todd, L. (2007b) Towards extended schools? How education and other professionals understand community-oriented schooling. Children and Society, 21 189-200 Gorard, S., See, B. H., and Davies, P. (2012) Attitudes and aspirations in educational attainment: exploring causality. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation Goodman, A. and Gregg, P. (2010) Poorer children's educational attainment: how important are attitudes and behaviour? York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation Kintrea, K., St Clair, R., and Houston, M. (2011) Shaping Educational Attitudes and Aspirations: The Influence of Parents, Place and Poverty. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
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