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The role of community-based playgroups in building relationships between pre-service teachers, families and the community

McFarland-Piazza, Laura, Alison, Lord, Smith, Melissa and Downey, Belinda (2012). The role of community-based playgroups in building relationships between pre-service teachers, families and the community. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood,37(2):34-41.

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ISI LOC 000306891000006
IRMA ID 82056760xPUB165
Title The role of community-based playgroups in building relationships between pre-service teachers, families and the community
Author McFarland-Piazza, Laura
Alison, Lord
Smith, Melissa
Downey, Belinda
Journal Name Australasian Journal of Early Childhood
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 37
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1836-9391   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84878387791
Start Page 34
End Page 41
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Early Childhood Australia
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The purpose of this study was to explore how connections between families, communities and educators can be facilitated in teacher education courses through the use of playgroups. Barriers to building relationships, as well as the perceived benefits of these relationships to families and pre-service teachers, were also explored. Participants were involved in weekly university-based community playgroups. Focus group interviews were conducted and the constant comparative method was used to analyse interview transcripts. Themes of 'Constraints' and 'Enablers' emerged from pre-service teachers' transcripts, indicating that they were initially uncomfortable with community and family involvement but eventually made connections as to why this was important. The theme of 'positive relationship building' emerged from parents' transcripts, indicating that they saw building relationships with families and communities as an important role of early childhood educators. Implications for the importance of authentic learning situations for fostering these relationships in teacher education courses are discussed.
 
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