To the top

Page Manager: Webmaster
Last update: 9/11/2012 3:13 PM

Tell a friend about this page
Print version

Learning and expertise in… - University of Gothenburg, Sweden Till startsida
To content Read more about how we use cookies on

Learning and expertise in support for parents of children at risk: a cultural-historical analysis of partnership practices

Journal article
Authors N. Hopwood
Åsa Mäkitalo
Published in Oxford Review of Education
Volume 45
Issue 5
Pages 587-604
ISSN 0305-4985
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pages 587-604
Language en
Keywords Learning, expertise, recontextualisation, parenting, cultural-historical theory, space of reasons, knowledge, professionals, dilemmas, work, Education & Educational Research
Subject categories Pedagogy


Relationships young children have with caring adults are important in mitigating the effects of adversity in early childhood. Facilitating parents' learning is central to support that helps parents cope with difficult circumstances. Within this, a focus on parent-child relationships is crucial. This presents significant challenges to professionals, who must use their expertise effectively without leaving parents feeling judged and that their knowledge does not count. Professional-client partnership has been proposed as a means to tackle these issues, but remains inadequately conceptualised in terms of connections between professional expertise and parents' learning. Home visits by nurses in Sydney were analysed, drawing on cultural-historical concepts that trace dialectic relations between expertise, practice, and parents' learning. Partnership was accomplished through six practices: making observations, specific modes of questioning, reinterpreting, reframing, orienting to the future, and offering metacommentary. These are discussed in terms of recontextualisation, working in a space of reasons, and practices of categorising. This novel conceptualisation reveals how professionals can use their expertise to address parent-child relationships.

Page Manager: Webmaster|Last update: 9/11/2012

The University of Gothenburg uses cookies to provide you with the best possible user experience. By continuing on this website, you approve of our use of cookies.  What are cookies?