Collaborative Learning in Group Parent Education: A Case Study of Process and Outcome

By Lai Ha, Freda Yuen, Wai Man Kwong and Lam Ching Man.

Published by The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning

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Parent education was previously embedded within the nurture assumption (Lykken 2000, 640) which maintains that parenting is not a self-sufficient and self-sustaining act but is inherently directed towards the well-being and functional behavioral development of a child. Historically, parent education is influenced by the education model that emphasizes the process of training and developing knowledge, skills, mind and character. With personal parenting knowledge recognized as what parents know and upon which they think and act in parenting, parent educators must expand their locus of parent education to include the personal parenting knowledge and experience of learners. The research team set up a group parent education program, named ‘Self-learning in Parenthood’ which enables participants to examine and reflect collaboratively on their parenting experience within a group-based conversation. This paper studies the experiences and learning of the participants and re-examines the role of parent educator.

Keywords: Parent Education, Parenting, Teacher Education, Teacher Professional Development

The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp.53-62. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 618.595KB).

Dr. Lai Ha, Freda Yuen

Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Freda Yuen Lai Ha is an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Dr. Yuen has taught a variety of modules at undergraduate and post-graduate levels; including counseling & guidance, family, school & community partnerships, & early mathematics & science. Dr. Yuen has been involved in a number of publications, researches and projects related to home, school, & community partnerships, child learning and teacher education.

Wai Man Kwong

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong