"You want to get it right": a regional Queensland school's experience in strengthening parent-school partnerships

Campbell, Claire, Dalley-Trim, Leanne, and Cordukes, Lorraine (2016) "You want to get it right": a regional Queensland school's experience in strengthening parent-school partnerships. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 41 (3). pp. 109-116.

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This paper discusses the key findings from a qualitative case study that was conducted in response to one regional Queensland state school's identified need for a customised approach to parent engagement in the early years. Data were collected via six semi-structured focus group interviews with parents (n = 18) of children in the Preparatory year level at the school. A priori analysis of the data revealed three key barriers to parents' engagement with the school; namely, communication, consistency and family commitments.

The intention of the study was to capture parents' perspectives and experiences in order to customise and strengthen the school's approach to parent engagement. The key findings and implications presented herein contribute to the body of knowledge on parent engagement practices in early childhood education settings. Moreover, this article emphasises the importance of the development of an individualised approach to parent engagement that is informed by parents.

Item ID: 41517
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1836-9391
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Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 02:44
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education @ 75%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 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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