This book addresses central questions regarding parental involvement across European educational systems; exploring the commonalities and differences across European countries and the extent to which current policy and practice pertaining to parental involvement is inclusive of diversity.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach that draws from the fields of education, sociology and psychology, it presents a description of the policy context and empirical research on critical perspectives relating to parental involvement. Comprising a rich varied cross-section of national experiences from eleven European countries and the contexts surrounding them, case studies provide insights into parental involvement across Europe and identify challenges in the field.

This volume’s in-depth approach and comprehensive interrogation of parental involvement across European education systems make it an ideal resource for parents, teachers and academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of education policy and comparative education, as well as teacher educators and policy makers.

chapter |7 pages


ByAngelika Paseka, Delma Byrne

chapter 1|13 pages


Depicting the landscape of school–family relationships and family–school involvement in Cyprus
ByLoizos Symeou

chapter 2|15 pages


Parental involvement in Germany
ByAngelika Paseka, Dagmar Killus

chapter 3|13 pages


Home–school cooperation in Iceland: characteristics and values
ByKristín Jónsdóttir, Amalía Björnsdóttir

chapter 4|15 pages


Parental involvement in Ireland
ByDelma Byrne

chapter 5|13 pages

The Netherlands

Parental involvement in the Netherlands
ByEddie Denessen

chapter 6|13 pages


Parental involvement in Norway – ideals and realities
ByUnn-Doris K. Bæck

chapter 7|14 pages


Family involvement and participation in schools in Portugal: the difficulty in sharing responsibilities
ByEva Gonçalves

chapter 8|16 pages


Overprotective parenthood: parental involvement in the educational trajectories of their children in Slovenia
ByAndreja Živoder, Mirjana Ule

chapter 9|13 pages


Parental involvement in Sweden exemplified through national policy on homework support
ByMarie Karlsson, Stina Hallsén, Johanna Svahn

chapter 10|16 pages


Parental involvement and career decision-making: the case of Switzerland
ByMarkus P. Neuenschwander

chapter 11|13 pages

United Kingdom

Divided and United Kingdom: parents in education and the common issue of inequality across the diversity of four nations
BySarah Christie, Joanna Apps

chapter 12|13 pages

United Kingdom

Parental involvement: a feminist critical review from a UK perspective
ByMiriam E. David

chapter 13|16 pages

Home-based parental involvement and parental perception of schools

A cross-country analysis 1
ByPaulína Koršňáková, Miroslav Štefánik

chapter 14|10 pages

Parental involvement across European education systems

A critical conclusion
ByDelma Byrne, Angelika Paseka