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7 - Rethinking Home–School Communication for Parents of Migrant Children

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 July 2020

Michael Evans
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Claudia Schneider
Affiliation:
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Madeleine Arnot
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Linda Fisher
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Karen Forbes
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Yongcan Liu
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Oakleigh Welply
Affiliation:
Durham University
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This chapter challenges the concept of school–home communication by offering a transactional notion of the home–school–home communication model (drawn from communication theory). We review the classic and more recent international literature on school–home communication in relation to newly arrived migrant children and the need to consider whether the presence of such children challenges the ‘one size fits all’ model. We use the dynamic notion of transactional communication to consider the empirical findings of the three-year research programme, covering secondary and primary schooling, and recommend alternative and more empowering constructions of school communication systems (its modes, processes, content and operationalisation). Our conclusions are of direct relevance to education practitioners, school community liaison officers and migrant communities themselves.

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