The Open UniversitySkip to content

The social construction of home and school learning in multicultural communities

Crafter, Sarah (2011). The social construction of home and school learning in multicultural communities. In: O'Dell, Lindsay and Leverett, Stephen eds. Working with Children and Young People: Co-constructing Practice. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan in association with The Open University, pp. 131–142.

Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This chapter theorises that home and school is socially and cultural constructed. Two theoretical approaches are offered as units of analysis for study: the social ecological approach (Bronfenbrenner, 1979; Wright and Smith, 1998) and the communities of practice framework (Wenger, 1998). These two approaches are used because (i) they position the learner as part of the relationship between the individual, the community and society and (ii)they provide the mechanism by which meanings and identities are (re)constructed in socio-cultural practice. The chapter then goes on to use examples from research data to demonstrate that when looking at learning as socially and culturally situated the 'one-size-fits-all' approach to education is problematic

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2011 Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0-230-28008-0, 978-0-230-28008-3
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Related URLs:
Item ID: 32423
Depositing User: Sarah Crafter
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 08:55
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 13:51
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU