chapter  5
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Cross-generational conversations: talking about school and family

In t roduct ion The stories in this book are about young women. The stories in this chapter are from an Aboriginal mother and grandmother - accounts of their remembered and current relationships with school. These stories give some indication of the ways these women's identities as Aboriginal and as students were shaped by their early educational experiences both in the school and in the family. Of most importance is the way these women 'authored' their own educational experiences, and the ways this self-structuring of the educational experience has impacted on the relationships they have formed with their children and the ways they are intervening in and structuring their children's educational experiences. The primary social context for Aboriginal young people is first the extended family and second their community.