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ERIC Number: EJ839320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Preparation for Teacher-Parent Partnerships: A Practical Experience with a Family
Hedges, Helen; Gibbs, Colin
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v26 n2 p115-126 Apr 2005
The necessity for parents and teachers to work together collaboratively to optimize children's learning and development in early childhood education is well recognized. Yet, ways in which initial teacher education programs might prepare teachers for professional relationships with parents are rare in the literature. This paper reports on the use of field experience in family homes that occurred in the 1st year of a teacher education program. A case study of two student teachers is discussed to illustrate the potential of such an approach to this aspect of teacher preparation. These student teachers experienced the realities of the daily lives of families with young children. Six months later, their experiences appeared likely to have had a positive influence on their understanding of parenting and their attitudes towards establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with parents in their future professional role.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand