Family-centred practice : empowerment, self-efficacy, and challenges for practitioners in early childhood education and care

Rouse, Liz 2012, Family-centred practice : empowerment, self-efficacy, and challenges for practitioners in early childhood education and care, Contemporary issues in early childhood, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 17-26.

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Title Family-centred practice : empowerment, self-efficacy, and challenges for practitioners in early childhood education and care
Author(s) Rouse, Liz
Journal name Contemporary issues in early childhood
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 17
End page 26
Total pages 10
Publisher Symposium Journals
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1463-9491
Keyword(s) Family-centred practice
Early childhood education
Summary Family-centred practice has been included in the Victoria, Australia Early Years Learning and Development Framework as a key practice principle for professionals working across all early years programs in that state. While this model of partnership for engaging and collaborating with families has long been used in the early intervention sector, the efficacy of adopting this model more widely across the wider early childhood education and care sector has not been explored. This article presents a discussion on family-centred practice as a model for engaging with families in the care and education of their children. Through an analysis of the underlying philosophy and an examination of the core principles and characteristics, the article explores family-centred practice as it sits within a broader theory of partnership. This analysis identifies that while there are essential principles and characteristics that position the model within a partnership framework, it is the notion of empowerment, an underpinning philosophy guiding the model, that adds another dimension to the way practitioners in early childhood education and care settings collaborate with families. In examining the broader early childhood context, the capacity of many early childhood practitioners to effectively implement empowering behaviours is challenged.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Symposium Journals Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045596

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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