“This book offers practical advice for early years practitioners on ways to work effectively with parents.” -CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Involving Parents in their Children's Learning is the story of the pioneering work of the Pen Green Centre for children and families. Showing how early years practitioners can collaborate effectively with parents, the book includes case studies of parents and children who have attended the centre, studies which chart developments in learning for both children and parents. The book will inspire early years practitioners and offer them practical advice on ways of developing effective work with parents.
Drawing on their work at the renowned Pen Green Centre, the authors show how to:
support parents as their child's first educator; provide practical and psychological support to parents; involve fathers and male carers; share important child development concepts; support and extend children's learning; reach out to hard-to-reach parents
This New Edition follows up on the stories of people featured in the first edition, showing how they have progressed over the last few years. It also includes new chapters covering the headteacher's role in developing parental involvement programmes, how the Pen Green model has been applied in primary schools, and the use of parental diaries.
The book is essential reading for students on early years courses (BA, FdA, B.Ed), as well as practising early years professionals and senior management teams in primary schools.
Chapter 11: The Impact of Study Groups in Primary Schools on Children and Parents
The Impact of Study Groups in Primary Schools on Children and Parents
This chapter draws on theory from child development, adult learning and psychoanalysis to demonstrate how parents became engaged in the process of change through becoming involved in their children's learning. Study groups in two local schools are described, with three case-study examples of how parents responded to the discussion groups and subsequently made portfolios about their children's special interests. These groups ran during 2002–3. In 2006, three parents gave us feedback about the long-term benefits of their involvement in the project.
At the Pen Green Centre, we have worked with children and their families for 24 years. During our major research project, Parents' ...