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The mirage of conciliation: Difficulties and strategies for the organization of daily routines for families with children in primary education in Galicia

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Published: 2021-06-28

Authors

Laura Varela Crespo

University of Santiago de Compostela

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1693-8496

Rita Gradaílle Pernas

University of Santiago de Compostela

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9774-8431

Keywords: Conciliation of work; family and personal life; childhood; primary education; Galicia; job; community services

Abstract

Despite the advances that have been made in terms of equality, the conciliation of work, family, and personal life continues to be one of the greatest challenges in ensuring the well-being and quality of life for all members of the household. Thus, in this study it is found that the combination of family, personal, and work schedules entails serious obstacles to daily dynamics, especially when both parents work and have children of school age; a circumstance that frequently leads them to resort to the measures promoted in the workplace to guarantee family conciliation. Matching work and school schedules with personal and family time also involves making use of other school and community resources available close to the place of residence. However, other family members continue to be the main backbone in achieving conciliation. It is concluded that the search for alternatives to the work-family conflict and the organization of daily schedules require true social co-responsibility, based on the principles of justice, equality and social equity, in order to achieve the well-being of those who make up the domestic nuclei.

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Author Biographies

Laura Varela Crespo

University of Santiago de Compostela

Doctora en Ciencias de la Educación, Licenciada en Pedagogía y Diplomada en Educación Social. Profesora Ayudante Doctora en el Departamento de Pedagogía y Didáctica de la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, donde es miembro del grupo de investigación SEPA-interea. Sus investigaciones y publicaciones se centran en: pedagogía-educación social, tiempos educativos y sociales, políticas públicas de bienestar y pedagogía del ocio.

Rita Gradaílle Pernas

University of Santiago de Compostela

Doctora en Ciencias de la Educación, Licenciada en Pedagogía y Diplomada en Magisterio. Profesora Contratada Doctora en el Departamento de Pedagogía y Didáctica de la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, donde es miembro del grupo de investigación SEPA-interea. Sus principales líneas de investigación y publicación son: pedagogía-educación social, género y equidad, tiempos educativos y sociales, desarrollo comunitario.
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Published: 2021-06-28

How to Cite

Varela Crespo, L., & Gradaílle Pernas, R. (2021). The mirage of conciliation: Difficulties and strategies for the organization of daily routines for families with children in primary education in Galicia. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 29(January - July), 89. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.29.5105