Preparing for parents: how Australian teacher education is addressing the question of parent-school engagement

Saltmarsh, Sue and Barr, Jennifer and Chapman, Amy (2015) Preparing for parents: how Australian teacher education is addressing the question of parent-school engagement. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 35 (1). pp. 69-84. ISSN 0218-8791

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Parent-school engagement is widely embraced as a policy and educational ideal, yet to date there are few studies of how teacher education prepares students for this important
aspect of their professional lives. In this paper, we consider findings from a recent Australian study that explored how the issue of parent-school relations is currently addressed in Australian initial teacher education programmes. The study is situated within the broader policy context of teaching standards. Our findings challenge
suggestions that parent-school engagement is largely absent from pre-service programmes, and although the study recognizes gaps and discontinuities, it also identifies four key domains in which initial teacher education currently prepares students for parent engagement. We argue that students are being prepared for parentschool
engagement in a variety of ways, but that there is insufficient continuity to ensure that all beginning teachers have a thorough understanding of how to work
effectively with parents.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2017 04:42
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 04:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: parents; parental engagement; teacher education; standards; Australia
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2014.906385

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