Tips for better parental engagement

Campbell, Claire (2015) Tips for better parental engagement. Early Learning Review, 1 December 2015. pp. 1-2.

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Research has consistently shown that parents' engagement in a child's education is strongly linked to improved learning outcomes and life prospects for the child, as well as enhanced wellbeing and the alleviation of disadvantages for the entire family. But despite the immense benefits, many early childhood educators experience difficulty in engaging parents in their child's education and developing strong learning partnerships with them.

A small team of researchers at James Cook University's Townsville campus recently conducted a study with parents of young children. During focus group interviews, parents identified some of the barriers and enablers for their engagement and for the development of effective learning partnerships with their child's educators. Analysis indicated that the identified barriers and enablers generally aligned with three key areas: communication; consistency; and family commitments. Furthermore, the research uncovered some simple yet highly effective strategies, as recommended by the parents themselves, that educators can implement to promote parent engagement in their child's learning.

Item ID: 41514
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
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Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 00:59
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori) @ 75%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 50%
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