Middle Class Working Families’ Beliefs and Engagement in Children’s Extra-Curricular Activities: The Social Organization of Children’s Futures

By Kris D. Gutiérrez, Carolina Izquierdo and Tamar Kremer-Sadlik.

Published by The Learner Collection

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In the United States, working middle class parents organize for their children’s future success and, increasingly, extra-curricular activity becomes the socializing mechanism for this preparation. In this article, we take an anthropological approach to examine the following: 1) the nature and amount of extra-curricular activity families organize for their children; 2) the meanings parents’ attribute to their children’s well-being and future educational and personal success. At the same time, the augmented commitment to arranging children’s lives has resulted in a new family form defined by intensified busyness as families negotiate the demands of work, home, and children’s development.

Keywords: Middle Class, Children’s Development, Family, Education, Personal Success

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp.633-656. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1013.417KB).

Prof. Kris D. Gutiérrez

Professor and Provost's Chair, School of Education, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Kris D. Gutiérrez is Professor of Literacy and Learning Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds the Inaugural Provost’s Chair. Professor Gutiérrez research examines the relationships between language, culture, and learning and studies the affordances of designed learning environments for students from non-dominant communities.

Carolina Izquierdo

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, California, Los Angeles, USA

Dr. Carolina Izquierdo is a Research Associate at the Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) at UCLA. She is a medical anthropologist whose research has centered on topics of health and well-being among the Matsigenka in the Peruvian Amazon, the Mapuche in Chile, and middle-class families in the United States.

Tamar Kremer-Sadlik

Director of Research, University of California, California, Los Angeles, USA

Dr. Tamar Kremer-Sadlik is the director of research at the Center on Everyday Lives of Families at UCLA. Her research examines how cultural norms and ideologies and institutional policies shape the meaning of parenthood and childhood, guide everyday practices, and impact families’ well-being.


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