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ERIC Number: EJ850961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Portraits of Partnership: The Hopes and Dreams Project
Giovacco-Johnson, Tricia
Early Childhood Education Journal, v37 n2 p127-135 Oct 2009
This article describes an innovative practice in family involvement developed by one early care and education center engaged in professional development. The Hopes and Dreams Project documented family involvement in children's lives and education through the pairing of pictures and narratives about their lives, histories, priorities, goals, and responsibilities with the school community. Narrative inquiry was a powerful method for increasing understanding of complexity of family involvement. Findings showed that families' priorities in forming partnerships included the importance in belonging to the community, being involved in their children's lives and education, experiencing diversity, and experiences in childhood for children's futures. This research supports the importance of redefining family partnerships in early care and education in a manner that is inclusive of family values and priorities. The implications are that early care and education providers have an important role in developing and defining involvement practices that empower families and educate professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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