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Emerging themes in the meeting between teachers and parents: when the children have special needs disabilites or are at risk
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
2011 (English)In: Educazione familiare e servizi per l'infanzia: Education familiale et services pour l'enfance. XIII Congresso Internazionale. Firenze, 17-19 novembre 2010 / [ed] Catarsi, Enzo; Pourtois, Jean Pierre, Firenze: Firenze University Press , 2011, 99- p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Relations characterised by collaboration and alliance between staff and parents of children with particular needs, experiencing developmental challenges or disabilities are necessary conditions of a favourable educational situation. Several studies testimony the protective role of positive educational experiences for children at risk, but the educational experiences of these children are not always satisfactory and propitious for their future development. Studies on the experiences of the meetings between parents and educational staff describe which difficulties may arise in the form of conflicts, communication problems, loss of trust and reciprocal devaluation and critique. The meetings between families and the services are not just personal encounters; they are also influenced by the characteristics and structures of the surrounding educational context. The themes emerging from several studies can be related for instance to the fight for the support and the resources, and to the definition of the child’s needs, potential and of what is the best for the child. The analysis and reflection on these themes and their motives should help the teachers to understand and prevent these risks, changing the responses to the parents adequately.

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Firenze: Firenze University Press , 2011. 99- p.
Keyword [en]
teachers, parents, school, preschool, relationships, collaboration, conflicts
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Pedagogy Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Special Education; Education; Child and Youth Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-48222ISBN: 978-88-6655-028-0OAI: diva2:374463
AIFREF Association Internationale de Formation et de Recherche en Education Familiale
Available from: 2010-12-03 Created: 2010-12-03 Last updated: 2012-01-03Bibliographically approved

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