Editor's Comments

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Editor's Comments


Thomas, Lori, School Community Journal


The Fall/Winter 2008 issue begins with a look at teens' experience of homework by Shumow, Schmidt, and Kackar. Their use of the Experience Sampling Method was interesting in and of itself, not to mention what they learned about adolescents. One particularly intriguing finding was that, at least for this sample, homework was not a major battleground between teens and parents, contrary to popular press reports.

Next, Cousins and his colleagues give us an insider's look at the ups and downs involved in university-school-community partnership projects. Their frank look at the interplay of historical and political contexts with race and class challenges provide insights that may be of great benefit to those preparing to undertake action research projects or other types of collaboration.

The next four articles involve a happy coincidence. The first article of the four, while not specifically addressing immigrant issues, does utilize a case involving an Asian Buddhist immigrant family. The remaining three all examine issues related to Chinese immigrants in the United States. Each does so from a different and unique focus and approach. Taken together, these four articles provide a very useful picture that will greatly enhance the understanding of U.S. educators working with Asian immigrant families.

The article by Xu and Filler describes an approach for facilitating meaningful family involvement in inclusive education across various settings. …

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