There may not be as many articles and posts about parent involvement in education as there were a few years ago, but I still notice a number of posts on the topic circulating on social media. The various terms are used and referred to: Involvement, engagement, empowerment, etc. There seems to be a consistent question though. I was reminded of that recently after reading an article about parent involvement plans in Scotland which included the statement,
One of our challenges is a lack of common understanding around what ‘involved in learning’ actually means in and around schools.”
I have written before (for example, this post) about defining and understanding the meaning of parent engagement (in schools, learning, education). I think it is important to remember: When the different terms are used by one person, another person may understand them in a completely different way. Maybe a further question would help clarify references and appeals for parent engagement: Involved in/to do what?… Empowered in/to do what?… Involved in learning how? If parents are to learn how children learn, is there enough agreement on that amongst educators (let alone parents)? Would a fuller discussion and analysis help all decide if and how the goals can be supported?
Feedback and thoughts appreciated.