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AZAOLA CALDERON, Marta Cristina. Importance, meaning and participation within the schooling process of rural areas: An ethnographic study in Michoacán, Mexico. Perfiles educativos [online]. 2010, vol.32, n.130, pp. 67-82. ISSN 0185-2698.
This article analyzes the importance, meaning and social participation within the schooling process amongst rural settlers in a community of Michoacán, Mexico. It is actually the result of the research carried out to obtain a PhD during which the author analyzed how low-income families take part into their formal and informal education. The main discoveries of this research show that in spite of their low instruction levels, the parents use to support their children so they can achieve basic education. Nevertheless, because of their low income, only few families can support their children's schooling for further education levels. The discoveries linked with formal education show that the educational service offered by the CONAFE in their community does not offer satisfaction to most of the parents, who prefer to enroll their children in the Ministry of Education (SEP)'s rural schools. The conclusions add some suggestions and advices oriented to improve the quality and pertinence of the CONAFE's Community Education Program.
Keywords : Rural education; Social participation; Relationship between family, school and community.