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Defining Parental Engagement in ITE: from relationships to partnerships

Authors: Janet Goodall orcid logo (Swansea University) , Helen Lewis orcid logo (Swansea University Schools’ Partnership) , Zoe Clegg orcid logo (Swansea University) , Annamari Ylonen orcid logo (Swansea University) , Chris Wolfe (Swansea University) , Sion Owen (Swansea University) , Carl Hughes (Bangor University) , Margiad Williams orcid logo (Bangor University) , Delyth Roberts (Bangor University) , Ibtihal Ramadan orcid logo (Glasgow University)

  • Defining Parental Engagement in ITE: from relationships to partnerships

    Research Articles (English)

    Defining Parental Engagement in ITE: from relationships to partnerships

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Abstract

This paper presents a unique view of the perceived value of parental engagement with children’s learning within Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Wales, the first such investigation of its kind. This paper arises from a research project sponsored by Welsh Government and undertaken by teams from Swansea and Bangor Universities. The paper reports the views of ITE providers, student teachers, mentors, parents and external stakeholders, regarding their experiences during the pandemic lockdown. The research found that while parental engagement was valued by all stakeholders, there was a lack of consistency about how this was defined and enacted. The paper proposes a disjuncture between espoused theory and theory in action, in relation to parental engagement in children’s learning, and ends with recommendations for policy, practice and further research.

Keywords: parental engagement, initial teacher education, Wales

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Goodall, J., Lewis, H., Clegg, Z., Ylonen, A., Wolfe, C., Owen, S., Hughes, C., Williams, M., Roberts, D. & Ramadan, I., (2022) “Defining Parental Engagement in ITE: from relationships to partnerships”, Wales Journal of Education 24(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.16922/wje.24.2.2

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16 Dec 2022
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