Community participation and empowerment in marginalised contexts: leveraging parental involvement, adult education, and community organising through social justice leadership

D. Brent Edwards*, David DeMatthews, Anne Spear, Hilary Hartley

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Abstract

Based on research in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, this article argues that the globally popular reform of school-based management suffers from several shortcomings and is a partial, extractive, and technocratic means of engendering parental and community participation. Ultimately, this article demonstrates that it is necessary to move beyond SBM as a technocratic reform if community participation is to contribute as well to community empowerment. More specifically, the article emphasises, first, the need to combine parental involvement with adult education, community organising, and social justice leadership (SJL). Second, the article argues that the last of these (i.e. SJL) is crucial to enabling the first three. Third, this article suggests that a combination of these four things–SJL, parental involvement, adult education, community organising–can contribute to the foundations of community empowerment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1190-1207
Number of pages18
JournalCompare
Volume51
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • community development
  • community participation
  • leadership
  • Mexico
  • Qualitative methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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