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Match or mismatch: the perceptions of parents of nursery age children related to those of the children's main nursery workers

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Elaine Hall


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The purpose of this study was to explore the extent to which shared aims, values and understanding exist both between parents and professionals and among professionals. Of particular concern was the impact that any differences in perspective might have on a given child. For each of seven case study children, one parent and two key nursery workers were interviewed and asked to complete rating scales. Thus, there were seven parent and 14 nursery practitioner interviews carried out. Interviews were analysed on a thematic basis with a particular focus on attributional analysis. It was found that, where there were differences between parents and practitioners in the attributions that they made for children's behaviour and learning that these had a significant influence on how children were understood and, in some cases, could lead to nursery practitioners underestimating or 'blaming' children and their families for perceived deficiencies.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Riddick B, Hall E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Early Years Education

Year: 2000

Volume: 8

Issue: 2

Pages: 113-28

ISSN (print): 0966-9760

ISSN (electronic): 1469-8463

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09669760050046165


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