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Preparing early childhood professionals to work with parents: the challenges of diversity and dissensus

Hughes, Patrick and MacNaughton, Glenda 2002, Preparing early childhood professionals to work with parents: the challenges of diversity and dissensus, Australian journal of early childhood, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 14-20.

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Title Preparing early childhood professionals to work with parents: the challenges of diversity and dissensus
Author(s) Hughes, Patrick
MacNaughton, Glenda
Journal name Australian journal of early childhood
Volume number 27
Issue number 2
Start page 14
End page 20
Publisher Australian Pre-School Association
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Publication date 2002-06
ISSN 0312-5033
Summary This article examines how early childhood staff in diverse circumstances negotiate relationships with parents. It draws on interviews with staff in two rural and three urban communities in Australia, who were asked about their parent communication practices, their experiences of these practices, and their preferences within these practices. Their responses were analysed in the light of international research showing the importance of creating strong interpretive communities between staff and parents but consistent staff anxiety about their relationships with parents. The paper explores the extent to which staff's different approaches to communicating with parents can create sustainable interpretive communities between them, and it highlights some implications for staff training and development around parent involvement.
Language eng
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001798

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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