ERIC Number: EJ1112987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Fostering Family-Teacher Partnerships: Principles in Practice
Knight-McKenna, Mary; Hollingsworth, Heidi L.
Childhood Education, v92 n5 p383-390 2016
Twenty-first century educators of young children need skills and dispositions for building partnerships with the families of all their students. Educators worldwide frequently teach children from families whose backgrounds, including socioeconomic status and home language, are different from their own. This article introduces 12 principles for fostering strengths-based partnerships with families and then describes a service-learning project in two early childhood teacher education courses in which university students implemented these principles as they worked to develop partnerships with families of young dual language learners. Students' written reflections on the service-learning project detailed their significant shifts in thinking regarding communication with the families and assumptions they held about them.
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Family School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Service Learning, Student Projects, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Attitude Change, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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