A1 Journal article (refereed)
Obstacles to dialogic encounters between parents and staff in pre-primary school (2020)

Kyrönlampi, Taina; Böök, Marja Leena; Karikoski, Hannele (2020). Obstacles to dialogic encounters between parents and staff in pre-primary school . Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, 9 (2), 437-455. https://jecer.org/obstacles-to-dialogic-encounters-between-parents-and-staff-in-pre-primary-school/

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All authors or editors: Kyrönlampi, Taina; Böök, Marja Leena; Karikoski, Hannele

Journal or series: Journal of Early Childhood Education Research

eISSN: 2323-7414

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 9

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 437-455

Publisher: Suomen varhaiskasvatus ry

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: https://jecer.org/obstacles-to-dialogic-encounters-between-parents-and-staff-in-pre-primary-school/

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71830


This study investigate dobstacles to encounters with staff as experienced by parents in the context of institutional pre-primary education in Finland. The study contributes to education research by exploring parents’ perceptions and experiences of encounters with staff from the perspectives of Buber’s (1923/1987; 1947/2002) dialogic philosophy and Giorgi`s (1994) phenomenological psychology. The parent volunteers (n = 15) who participated in planning the local pre-primary education curriculum based on The National Core curriculum for Pre-primary Education 2014 (Finnish National Board of Education 2016) met three times during the 2015–2016 school year in a city in northern Finland. In the last meeting there were five parents, whose group discussion the results of this study are principally based. The parents expressed a desire for more openness and transparency regarding daily life events and practices in pre-primary schools. They also felt that power relations created barriers to cooperation in the sense that staff did not take account of parents’ perspectives on their children. The findings clarify how encounters between parents and staff crystallize in daily face-to-face discussions and suggest that dialogue between parents and staff requires time, a calm situation, a family-friendly approach, and the willingness of parents and staff to work together.

Keywords: early childhood education and care; preschool education; preschool; curricula; home-school collaboration; educators (upbringing); parents; interaction; phenomenology

Free keywords: obstacles to cooperation; Martin Buber’s dialogic philosophy; encounters; parents; phenomenology

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