1st Edition

Parental Engagement and Early Childhood Education Around the World

    362 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    362 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Exploring the importance of parental engagement in early childhood education, this book delves into research and practices in 25 countries to bring students, researchers, teachers and policy-makers insights into working families around the world. The incorporation and consideration of parental engagement and involvement in early childhood education are a new phenomenon to many countries. Yet, increasing research recognises the importance of parental engagement and involvement in early childhood education services, and the role both parents and teachers play to support children’s learning and development. Using a range of materials from curriculum to policy documents, Garvis et al. demonstrate differences in practices and terminologies pertaining to the topic and provide an international perspective on the importance of parental involvement and engagement in early childhood education services.

    The content covers a range of countries as well as countries beyond an ‘Anglo-Saxon’ perspective. The different policy settings across these countries highlight how countries work with, and involve, parents differently, which is useful for jurisdictions where early childhood education is a developing aspect of a country’s education system. Looking at cultural influences, partnership approaches, parental collaboration, institutional dominance and child involvement in parent meetings, the content offers readers real understanding of parental engagement and involvement in different settings.

    The readership includes students in early childhood education, and researchers, teachers, policy makers, and general members of the public interested in parental engagement or involvement in early childhood education across the globe.

    1. An introduction to parental involvement in early childhood education and care: A global perspective
    Susanne Garvis, Heidi Harju-Luukkainen, Alicja Renata Sadownik and Sivanes Phillipson
    2. The cultural interface of parental involvement in the Australian context
    Wendy Goff and Sivanes Phillipson
    3. Parental involvement in early childhood education in Azerbaijan
    Ali Kemal Tekin, Ulviyya Mikayilova and Nigar Muradova
    4. Parental involvement in Early Childhood Education in Belarus
    Natallia Bahdanovich Hanssen and Volha Mamonka
    5. Parental involvement in Croatian early childhood education: Challenges and opportunities
    Adrijana Višnjić Jevtić
    6. Parental involvement in Czech Republic: Towards a partnership approach?
    Martina Kampichler
    7. Parental involvement in early childhood education in Denmark
    Katharina Jacobsson
    8. Parental perspective in the Finnish early childhood education context
    Karoliina Purola, Heidi Harju-Luukkainen and Jonna Kangas
    9. Educational partnership: Parental collaboration in German ECEC settings
    Emely Knör
    10. Parental involvement in early childhood education in Ghana
    Francis R. Ackah-Jnr
    11. Parental involvement in early childhood education in Hong Kong: Critical analysis of related policies
    Aihua Hu
    12. From institutional dominance to parental involvement: Models of working with families in Hungarian Kindergartens
    Anikó Varga Nagy, Sándor Pálfi and Eleonora Teszenyi
    13. Children's participation in parent meetings in light of the history of preschool policy documents in Iceland
    Kristín Dýrfjörð and Guðrún Alda Harðardóttir
    14. Parental involvement in early childhood education in Jordan: Policy and practice
    Fathi Ihmeideh and Ali Kemal Tekin
    15. Parental involvement in ECE in Norway
    Alicja Renata Sadownik and Ruth Ingrid Skoglund
    16. The state of parent involvement in early childhood education: Case of Oman
    Ali Kemal Tekin, Laila Al-Salmi and Maryam Al-Mamari
    17. Parental involvement in ECEC in Poland
    Alicja Renata Sadownik and Ewa Lewandowska
    18. Collaborating with parents for South Sámi language learning: A study in an indigenous preschool in Norway
    Heidi Harju-Luukkainen, Karianne Berg and Asbjørn Kolberg
    19. Parent participation in preschool education in Serbia: Challenges and perspectives
    Dragana Pavlović Breneselović, Lidija Miškeljin and Tijana Bogovac
    20. Taming the tiger: Exploring parental involvement in early childhood education in Singapore
    Eugenia Koh-Chua, Sarah Somarajan, Lucas Ku-Wang and Sivanes Phillipson
    21. Parental involvement in early childhood education in Catalunya, Spain
    Sílvia Blanch Gelabert, Ana María Forestello and Gabriel Lemkow-Tovias
    22. Parental involvement in Swedish preschools: A reflection of current steering documents
    Tina Yngvesson and Susanne Garvis
    23. Parental involvement in early childhood education discourse in Uganda
    Godfrey Ejuu
    24. United Kingdom – four nations in one country: Diversity in policy, research, and practice
    Catherine Carroll-Meehan
    25. Family engagement in early childhood: Policy and practice in the United States
    Carola Oliva-Olson, Mari Estrada, Soodie Ansari, Annie White and Jaime Matera
    26. International trends in parental involvement of sayings, doings, and relatings
    Alicja Renata Sadownik, Sivanes Phillipson, Heidi Harju-Luukkainen and Susanne Garvis


    Susanne Garvis is Professor of Education (early childhood) and Chair of the Department of Education at Swinburne University of Technology. She has extensive experience in early childhood research and has worked at both Australian and Swedish universities on national and international projects. Her particular focus is quality improvement and policy development.

    Sivanes Phillipson is Professor of Education at Swinburne University of Technology. She is the Routledge Editor for the Evolving Families Series, which focuses on issues, challenges and empirical best practices surrounding evolving families that impact upon their survival, development and outcomes. Sivanes has over 100 publications to her name including books, peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. She has authored and co-authored/edited eight published books focusing on teacher education and parent engagement, with the latest four books published with Routledge. 

    Heidi Harju-Luukkainen is Professor of Education and Vice Director of Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She also works as a professor of Education at Nord University, Norway. She holds a Ph.D. degree in education, special education teacher qualification and a qualification in leadership and management from Finland. She has published more than 200 international books, journal articles and reports as well as worked in multiple projects globally. Harju-Luukkainen has worked at top ranked universities in the USA like UCLA, USC as well as in many Nordic research universities. She has developed education programs for universities, been a PI of PISA sub-assessments in Finland and functioned as a board professional.

    Alicja Renata Sadownik, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Bergen, Norway). She received her Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Gdansk (Poland). Since the last six years her research focuses on childhood(s), early childhood education settings and parental cooperation in the context of migration and socio-cultural diversity. Her works have been published in journals such as European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, and Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood SAGE Journal, among others. She is also one of the editors of "Young children in the world and their rights 30 years with the UNCRC" (Springer 2021).

    "A new and broad collection of policy and practice insights into home-early childhood partnerships that benefit children, families and education systems around the world."

    Associate Professor Alexandra C. Gunn, University of Otago, New Zealand