TEACHER THINKING AND BELIEFS:PARENT-TEACHER PARTNERSHIPS

Year: 1992

Author: NEWPORT, PAULINE

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
The participation by parents in the schooling of their children has long been recognised as an important factor in children's education. Although the concept of parent participation has received strong support in Australian educational writing since the 1970's there still appears to be a prevailing national ambivalence about its widespread implementation. Although major barriers to such participation have been categorised as the lack of a legal framework particularly in NSW; the structures and processes of schooling which emphasise teachers and their work; and the attitudes, past experiences and current work practices of parents ; arguably, the most important factor is the manner in which teachers perceive their own roles and construct their thinking about teaching especially in relation to working with parents in classrooms. This paper reports on an investigation of the manner in which the constructions of teaching by teachers in the three different NSW school contexts suggest certain attitudes towards parent participation.

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