Exploring Black parents’ critical consciousness in relation to their engagement with their children's schools

Aixa D. Marchand, Isis H. Settles, Shubhangi Kumari, Stephanie J. Rowley, Matthew A. Diemer

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Abstract

Despite consensus that parent involvement is integral to children's educational success, Black parents’ involvement remains largely characterized from a deficits-based perspective. Using critical race and critical consciousness theories, this study explored parents’ analysis of educational inequities and their school engagement. Using interview data from a sample of Black parents (n = 20), emergent understandings of parents’ thoughts, motivations, and actions to engage with their child's school were explored. Findings revealed that Black parents held both critical and traditional views, expressed themes of internal and external efficacy in their motivation, and engaged critically and traditionally in their child's education. Results are consonant with literature on Black parents’ engagement and to the nascent understanding of how parents' beliefs about structural racial oppression within schools impacts how they engage in that space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Social Issues
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences

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