In this article, Gerardo López expands the concept of "parent involvement" by illustrating ways that parents are involved in their children's educational development that lie outside of traditional school-related models. Rather than viewing involvement as the enactment of specific scripted school activities, López describes how the Padillas, an (im)migrant family, understood involvement as a means of instilling in their children the value of education through the medium of hard work, and viewed taking their children to work as a form of involvement. López argues that, while exposing their children to their hard work in the fields, the Padilla parents were simultaneously teaching them three important, "real-life" lessons: 1) to become acquainted with the type of work they do; 2) to recognize that this work is difficult, strenuous, and without adequate compensation; and 3) to realize that without an education they may end up working in a similar type of job. These findings not only challenge discursive/hegemonic understandings of parent involvement, but also open up new avenues for research and practice. (pp. 416–437)
Skip Nav Destination
Research Article| December 31 2009
The Value of Hard Work: Lessons on Parent Involvement from an (Im)migrant Household
Harvard Educational Review (2001) 71 (3): 416–438.
- Views Icon Views
- Share Icon Share
- Search Site
Gerardo Lopez; The Value of Hard Work: Lessons on Parent Involvement from an (Im)migrant Household. Harvard Educational Review 1 September 2001; 71 (3): 416–438. doi: https://doi.org/10.17763/haer.71.3.43x7k542x023767u
Download citation file:
Citing articles via
Authority and Control: The Tension at the Heart of Standards-Based Accountability
JACK SCHNEIDER, ANDREW SAULTZ
Why Trust Science?
Ellis E. Reid, V