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Joyce L. Epstein & Steven B. Sheldon

In: The SAGE Handbook for Research in Education: Engaging Ideas and Enriching Inquiry

Chapter 7: Moving Forward: Ideas for Research on School, Family, and Community Partnerships

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Moving Forward: Ideas for Research on School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Moving forward: Ideas for research on school, family, and community partnerships

It is a social fact that children learn and grow at home, at school, and in the community. People in these three contexts affect children's learning and development, for better or for worse, from infancy through the school years and beyond. This important reality often is ignored by researchers who study only schools or only families. Educators also may focus only on the school curriculum, instruction, or testing without giving attention to students' families and communities, as if students were not also children, friends, and neighbors.

Increasingly, research and exemplary practice reveal that it is all but impossible to separate the interests and influences of ...

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