Understanding families' educational decision-making along extended learning pathways

Leah A. Bricker, Heather Zimmerman, Suzanne Reeve, Philip Bell, Brigid Barron

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Abstract

This paper explores the socio-cultural-historical influences on educational decisions made by a sample of families from an urban community in the northwestern United States. We report on three analyses of the everyday cultural and social contexts in which parents' and their children's ideas about formal and informal education are developed and applied through educational choices. The research employs a family-centered analytical focus and a cognitive ethnography of learning to examine educational decisions and knowledge about learning opportunities that families use in their homes, at school, and in their communities. Our analyses foreground the role of choice and values in families' everyday lives, their lived histories, and their educational decisions. Implications for better coordinating in-and-out of school learning experiences in light of extended learning pathways are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages141-148
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010
Event9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2010 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jun 29 2010Jul 2 2010

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Other9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2010
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period6/29/107/2/10

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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Bricker, L. A., Zimmerman, H., Reeve, S., Bell, P., & Barron, B. (2010). Understanding families' educational decision-making along extended learning pathways. 141-148. Paper presented at 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2010, Chicago, IL, United States.