Practitioners' perceptions of the effectiveness of strategies used in the early years to enagage parents in their child's learning
Hopkins, Bethan Katie
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This dissertation reflects upon practitioners' perceptions of the effectiveness of strategies used in the early years to engage parents in their child's learning. Data was collected from the RCT area of the South Wales Valleys. An identifiable gap emerged from critically reviewing existing literature. There was no literature identiffing practitioners' perceptions and as a consequence, this dissertation aims to gauge professional opinion into the effectiveness of current strategies. This small scale study incorporated a number of data collection methods in order to ensure greater validity and reliability within the findings. Seven interviews were conducted, nine observations were carried out and 33 questionnaires were returned. These were used in order to give the researcher three points of contact with the study group which increased the reliability of the study through triangulation. As a result of this dissertation, further implications would be that practitioners are able to consider which strategies are more effective than others and what methods they can employ to increase the levels of parental involvement in a child's learning.
B.A. (Hons) Educational Studies and Early Childhood Studies