ERIC Number: EJ1048240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Parents' Experiences of Support: Co-Constructing Their Stories
Sherwood, Gina; Nind, Melanie A.
International Journal of Early Years Education, v22 n4 p457-470 2014
The aim of this paper is to present a way of supporting parents that can lead to positive outcomes for families. The findings and processes from a study in England of six parents' experiences of support services for their young children with special needs are discussed in making the case that co-constructing the stories of parent and researcher experiences can become a valuable conduit for improving support. An ethnographic case study approach with narrative analysis was used, and this paper shows how the parents' narratives, interwoven with the reflections of the researcher/early years professional, suggest engaged listening as a way forward for professionals and parents (as well as researchers) to understand each other. Stories that each party is fearful of telling or hearing illustrate the balance of fragility and resilience in their assumptions and relationships.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parents, Experience, Related Services (Special Education), Young Children, Ethnography, Case Studies, Personal Narratives, Semi Structured Interviews, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)