Call for papers: Managing the gap - policy and practice of parents in child care and education

During the last two decades we have seen changes in education policy and practice that have reshaped the relationship between parents, preschool and school in the Nordic countries. On the policy level schools/educational institutions are obliged to cooperate with parents and previous research shows that the cooperation is beneficial for the child. While cooperation between parents preschools and schools has been defined as a good thing this area has not been prioritised in educational research. We know little about how the cooperation is carried out in practice. Moreover, in some countries marketization and privatisation of child care and education have together with school choice policies turned parents into consumers of childcare and education in ways that have had impact on the educational landscapes in the Nordic countries. At the same time state policy and practice in child care and education strive to regulate forms and content of child socialisation to promote equality and social justice in line with democratic norms and values. These on-going changes in the policy and practice of child care and education make relevant a managing of a gap between the family and other societal institution engaged in child socialisation. What this gap is about and how to bridge it are questions that need to be addressed by education research in order to shed more light on a relationship that constitutes the very foundation of cultural reproduction within and between nation states. Read more.