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Parental participation and partnership in pre-school provision

Foot, Hugh and Howe, C. and Cheyne, W. and Terras, M. and Rattray, C. (2002) Parental participation and partnership in pre-school provision. International Journal of Early Years Education, 10 (1). pp. 5-19. ISSN 0966-9760

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Abstract

Parental participation in pre-school provision does not reflect a close partnership between parents and pre-school service providers in the statutory sector. A multi-method approach involving survey, interviews and observations revealed that opportunities across pre-school provision for parental participation vary considerably between different types of provision. While parental needs for participation were largely satisfied by the levels and types of participation offered in the playgroup sector, parental willingness to participate in local authority (LA) and private nurseries is not matched by the opportunities available, particularly with respect to active help in daily activities. This desire for increased levels of parental participation stems from three sources: (i) to monitor and obtain feedback on their own child's progress; (ii) to enable them to experience how pre-school provision is delivered; and (iii) to satisfy their own needs for social contact and making friends. Results suggest that parents' actual and desired participation falls short of genuine partnership and raise questions about parental training and the precise roles and responsibilities which parents should have.

Item type: Article
ID code: 1711
Keywords: pre-school, parents, teaching, parental participation, schooling, schools, The family. Marriage. Women, Primary Education, Education (General)
Subjects: Social Sciences > The family. Marriage. Women
Education > Theory and practice of education > Primary Education
Education > Education (General)
Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Psychology
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2006
    Last modified: 06 Dec 2013 16:29
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1711

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