A1 Journal article (refereed)
Trust in the educational partnership narrated by parents of a child with challenging behaviour (2021)

Rautamies, E., Vähäsantanen, K., Poikonen, P.-L., & Laakso, M.-L. (2021). Trust in the educational partnership narrated by parents of a child with challenging behaviour. Early Years, 41(4), 414-427. https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2019.1582475

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All authors or editors: Rautamies, Erja; Vähäsantanen, Katja; Poikonen, Pirjo-Liisa; Laakso, Marja-Leena

Journal or series: Early Years

ISSN: 0957-5146

eISSN: 1472-4421

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 41

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 414-427

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2019.1582475

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67405


This study examined trust in educational partnership in the context of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Finland, from the viewpoint of parents of a child with challenging behaviour. Typically, such children have difficulties in regulating their behaviour and emotions. Semi-structured interviews with 23 parents were content-analysed in a narrative framework. The analysis revealed two critical elements of trust in educational partnership: (1) Child well-being in the day care centre, and (2) a supportive parent–educator relationship and collaboration. Critical factors in the first element of trust were educators’ respectful and good-quality relationships with the child and fair and meaningful pedagogical practices. The second element of trust included educators’ support of parents as capable mothers and fathers, and encouragement of parents as active partners in the educational partnership. These findings enrich understanding of the development of trust in educational partnership when working with the parents of a child with challenging behaviour

Keywords: problem behaviour; early childhood education and care; parents; partnership; trust

Free keywords: challenging behaviour; early childhood education; educational partnership; parent

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Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 1

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