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Preschool Teacher´s Views on Competence in the Context of Home and Preschool Collaboration.

Journal article
Authors Tuula Vuorinen
Anette Sandberg
Sonja Sheridan
Pia Williams
Published in Early Child Development and Care
ISSN 0300-4430
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Language en
Keywords preschool; home; collaboration; competence
Subject categories Pedagogy


The purpose of this article is to analyse and discuss preschool teachers’ views regarding competence within their profession in the context of home and preschool collaboration. The question addressed is as follows: In what situations do preschool teachers perceive that their competence becomes visible for parents? The results, based on interviews with 30 preschool teachers, show that preschool teachers work consciously to draw attention to specific competencies related to children’s learning and development and the preschool curriculum. The ability to establish dialogue with parents and gain their trust is seen as particularly important for establishing and maintaining collaboration between preschool and the home. Furthermore, the participants recognise that parents seek their competence in daily matters concerning the child’s well-being. The competencies that preschool teachers emphasise and those they believe parents ask for do not, therefore, always coincide. The results of this study can contribute to a better understanding of the prerequisites for preschool–home collaboration.

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