Partnerships in early childhood education and care : empowering parents or empowering practitioners

Rouse, Elizabeth 2012, Partnerships in early childhood education and care : empowering parents or empowering practitioners, Global studies of childhood, vol. 2, no. 1, Special Issue : Bridging Theory and Practice : partnerships and collaboration in childhood education, pp. 14-25.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title Partnerships in early childhood education and care : empowering parents or empowering practitioners
Author(s) Rouse, Elizabeth
Journal name Global studies of childhood
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Season Special Issue : Bridging Theory and Practice : partnerships and collaboration in childhood education
Start page 14
End page 25
Total pages 12
Publisher Symposium Journals
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 2043-6106
Keyword(s) Early childhood education
Educators
Families
Summary Research acknowledges that outcomes for young children are enhanced when effective partnerships are developed between educators and families. The Australian Early Years Learning Framework provides direction for the professional practice of early childhood educators by acknowledging the importance of educators working in partnership with families. In the Victorian state-based early years framework, family-centred practice has been included as the practice model. Family-centred practice has as its core a philosophy of professionals supporting the empowerment of parents as active decision makers for their child. The early childhood education and care sector in Australia, however, is made up of a workforce which is largely perceived as being undervalued as a profession. This raises questions as to the capacity of these educators to support the empowerment of parents when they themselves are coming from a position of disempowerment due to their professional status. This article reports on findings from a small-scale study of childhood educators working in a long day-care setting which aimed to identify perceptions of the partnerships that exist between themselves and parents. In the course of the investigation, it became evident that some of educators felt disempowered in the relationships that exist with some families.
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
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045600

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
Connect to link resolver
 
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Versions
Version Filter Type
Access Statistics: 106 Abstract Views, 2 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Wed, 30 May 2012, 10:28:40 EST by Kylie Koulkoudinas

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.