Partnership with Families and Communities in Greek Preschool Settimgs: An Evaluation from Researchers' and Early Childhood Educators' Perspectives

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The care and education of children is a shared responsibility among the family, educators, caregivers and the community. Yet, each of the above settings may wish different types of cooperation and partnership. The present study intents to examine partnership with families and communities in Greek preschool settings from two perspectives: that of the researcher and that of early childhood educators. More precisely, the present study aims: a) to clarify whether Greek programs’ policies promote parental and community involvement, b) to ascertain the types of communication and partnership between families and early childhood educators and c) to examine the differences and similarities in the way researchers and early childhood educators view that issue. In particular, using ACEI Global Guidelines Assessment, researchers evaluated 27 Greek preschool classrooms, towards aspects of partnership with families. Thus, 26 early childhood educators, from the above mentioned classrooms, were given ACEI Global Guidelines Assessment in order to evaluate the same aspects.

Keywords: Family, Community, Greek, Preschool Setting, ACEI, Researcher, Early Childhood Educator
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Partnership with Families and Communities in Greek Preschool Settings

Prof. Maria Sakellariou

Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina
Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece

I have graduated from the Department of Theology in 1987 and finished my two years postgraduate studies in Pedagogic in 1989. I have graduated from the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care at the TEI of Thessaloniki in 1993. During the academic year 1990/91 I finished my postgraduate studies in Pedagogic at the University of Zurich. From 1995 to 2003 I have worked as teacher at a High school. In 2001 I finished my PhD thesis on “The Christian Education at the Preschool age”. Since 2003 have been working as Lecturer at the Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina. My teaching and research objectives are Preschool education, Social Pedagogic, Didactic of social and ethical education. My interests are extended to intercultural education, environmental ethics and environmental education. I have published an important number of papers as well as a book about social pedagogic and as co-author three other useful manuals for praxis at the early childhood schools.

Konstantina Rentzou

Affiliation not supplied
Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece

Since 2005 I teach in the department of Early Childhood and Care, in the TEI of Epirus, as casual Teacher.

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