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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; Vol 9(2), p. 437-455.

Obstacles to dialogic encounters between parents and staff in pre-primary school

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Author: Kyrönlampi, Taina1; Böök, Marja Leena2; Karikoski, Hannele3
Organizations: 1Oulun yliopisto
2Jyväskylän yliopisto
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Suomen varhaiskasvatus, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-09-22


This study investigated obstacles 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.

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Series: Journal of early childhood education research
ISSN: 2323-7414
ISSN-E: 2323-7414
ISSN-L: 2323-7414
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Pages: 437 - 455
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2020 Taina Kyrönlampi, Marja-LeenaBöök and Hannele Karikoski &Suomen Varhaiskasvatus ry. –Early Childhood Education Association Finland.