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MARCONDES, Keila Hellen Barbato  and  SIGOLO, Silvia Regina Ricco Lucato. Communication and Involvement: what are the Possibilities of Interconnection between Family-school?. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto) [online]. 2012, vol.22, n.51, pp.91-99. ISSN 0103-863X.

Family and school are considered essential environments for human development and it is desirable that a close bond be established between them. Based on this premise, this study analyzes the relationships established between school and the families of children with low school performance in a context in which the school adopts the Continuous Progression system - an educational system that avoids holding students in the same grade at the end of the school year. Bronfenbrenner’s bio-ecological perspective is the theoretical framework used in this study. Six children, their parents or caretakers, and teachers participated in the study. Semi-structured interviews and observation were used for collecting data, which were then evaluated regarding two categories: involvement and communication. Even though the results highlight communication as the main means of exchange between both contexts, communication still needs to be improved. Families and schools understand they must collaborate with each other, but such a relationship needs to be re-constructed because it is currently asymmetrical and loaded with prejudice.

Keywords : Parent School Relationship; Elementary Education; Cooperation.

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