Tensions in home–school partnerships : the different perspectives of teachers and parents of students with learning barriers

Ludicke, Penelope and Kortman, Wendy 2012, Tensions in home–school partnerships : the different perspectives of teachers and parents of students with learning barriers, Australasian journal of special education, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 155-171.

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Title Tensions in home–school partnerships : the different perspectives of teachers and parents of students with learning barriers
Author(s) Ludicke, Penelope
Kortman, Wendy
Journal name Australasian journal of special education
Volume number 36
Issue number 2
Start page 155
End page 171
Total pages 17
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2012-12
ISSN 1030-0112
1833-6914
Keyword(s) home–school partnerships
learning barriers
tensions
perspectives
Summary This paper presents the findings of a qualitative study of learning partnerships between teachers and parents of students with learning barriers. The aim was to investigate the beliefs and understandings of parents and teacher participants around roles in partnerships, so as to identify operational processes that support effective collaboration. The study was based on the premise that home–school partnerships have been established as a positive influence on the education of students with learning barriers but tensions exist within these partnerships in practice. In the study it was posited that some tensions stemmed from differences in role understandings between parent and teacher. Data revealed key themes emerging from the case studies. Findings indicated that parents and teachers believed that involvement and partnerships are integral to supporting the learning of students with learning barriers. However, differences emerged as to how teachers and parents constructed and interpreted involvement and operational processes supporting partnerships, and the significance each group placed on different aspects of collaboration between parent and teacher.
Language eng
Field of Research 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio Economic Objective 939907 Special Needs Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049715

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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