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The nature of parental involvement in the city of Abu Dhabi in a context of change: Nurturing mutually responsive practice

Fiona S. Baker (Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Rida Blaik Hourani (Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

ISSN: 1753-7983

Article publication date: 28 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this exploratory study is to explore parent and school administrator perspectives on the value and nature of parent involvement in the city of Abu Dhabi through their perceptions of roles and responsibilities.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is conducted in a random purposive sample of Public–Private Partnership schools during Abu Dhabi Education Council’s school reform.

Findings

Findings show that while both administrators and parents agree on the value of parental involvement, the perceptions of their own and each others’ roles and responsibilities means that parent involvement is characterized by unfulfilled expectations.

Practical implications

Recommendations are made to arrive at realistic roles and responsibilities for parent involvement and recommendations for a model of mutually responsive practice to evolve within a policy framework, with the support of ADEC, and informed by international and locally based research.

Originality/value

The paper sheds light on a new educational dimension beyond curricula and instruction.

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Citation

S. Baker, F. and Blaik Hourani, R. (2014), "The nature of parental involvement in the city of Abu Dhabi in a context of change: Nurturing mutually responsive practice", Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 186-200. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBS-05-2014-0023

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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