Teacher’s First Meeting with Groups of Parents of Elementary Students at the Beginning of the School Year: Parents’ Expectations and Responses to these Expectations

Teacher’s First Meeting with Groups of Parents of Elementary Students at the Beginning of the School Year: Parents’ Expectations and Responses to these Expectations

Teacher’s First Meeting with Groups of Parents of Elementary Students at the Beginning of the School Year: Parents’ Expectations and Responses to these Expectations

Teacher’s First Meeting with Groups of Parents of Elementary Students at the Beginning of the School Year: Parents’ Expectations and Responses to these Expectationss

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Bergeron, Isabelle et Deslandes, Rollande. 2011. «Teacher’s First Meeting with Groups of Parents of Elementary Students at the Beginning of the School Year: Parents’ Expectations and Responses to these Expectations ». International Journal about Parents in Education, vol. 5, no 2, p. 43-55.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«This study examines the expectations of parents of elementary students with respect to the information evenings at the beginning of school year.» (p. 43)

Questions/Hypothèses :
- «What do parents expect from this first group encounter?» (p. 43)
- «What knowledge must teachers mobilize for this evening?» (p. 43)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«The sample is composed of eight parents of fifth-grade students: five women and three men. Half of the group has a boy in fifth grade and the other half, a girl.» (p. 45) «Data collection was conducted [...] in the course of two interviews conducted with each participant, one before the group meeting, and a second one, a few days after.» (p. 43)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


The authors found that «[t]he [parents’] expectations are discussed in terms of welcoming, exchange of information and perceptions of the development of trust with their child’s teacher. [...] The results indicate that parents expect a warm and individualized reception, and information on strategies to support learning and work at home. Parents reported that there was no group discussion or exchange at the meeting which also did not serve to establish norms of collaboration based on educational goals or to identify actions aiming to develop the sharing of responsibilities. Parents, however, said that their child’s teacher inspires trust. Avenues for future research are discussed.» (p. 43)
The results of this study are from her master thesis that has been included in Famili@: Bergeron, Isabelle, La soirée d’information et le développement du lien de confiance entre les parents d’élèves et l’enseignante du primaire