At the ISA conference in Toronto, I will present a paper on the educational strategies and beliefs of lower class parents in Germany as part of Karen Dooley’s and Catherine Doherty’s session on “Parents as Players in Meritocratic Competition”. I will talk about the current discourse on parenting in Germany and how these address parents from the lower classes as being deficient in their parenting efforts and therefore needing help from the state. Data from the EDUCARE-study show that disadvantaged parents actually share current notions of ‘good’ parenting to a higher degree than parents from more privileged groups. They also engage in a highly interactive parenting style, which I interpret as part of their struggle for social mobility.
Also at this conference, I distributed an early version of a paper that I am currently drafting with Julia Tuppat from Freie Universität Berlin, in which we investigate the role of kindergarten children’s non-cognitive dispositions on educational outcomes in grade 3 from a longitudinal perspective.