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ERIC Number: EJ1179360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
Small-Scale Curriculum Changes for Improving Pre-Service Teachers' Preparation for Family-School Partnerships
Bruïne, Erica de; Willemse, T. Martijn; Franssens, Janneke; Eynde, Sofie van; Vloeberghs, Lijne; Vandermarliere, Leen
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v44 n3 p381-396 2018
Family-School Partnerships (FSP) are important for students' academic achievements and social-emotional development. Therefore, pre-service teachers need to learn how to establish this. However, in teacher education programmes this topic is insufficiently addressed partially attributed to already overloaded programmes. This study reports on a small-scale curriculum change, aiming to foster pre-service teachers' awareness of the importance of FSP, to broaden their concepts and support them in identifying learning goals for the future. An assignment to interview novice-teachers about FSP was followed by a class on this topic. Afterwards, pre-service teachers reported in written reflections that they had become aware of the importance of FSP, emphasising that FSP is more than just communication. However, their focus for further professionalisation remained on improving their communication skills. Though this small-scale curriculum change seems to be a small step forward to a better preparation on FSP, further improvements are necessary to promote a comprehensive view of FSP.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; Belgium
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