Types of Parental Involvement in Greek Preschool Settings: A Case Study

By Maria Sakellariou and Konstantina Rentzou.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The significance of the parental involvement in pre-school education is widely recognized. However, this is not the case in Greek pre-school settings. By contrast with the UK and other countries around the world, less attention is paid on parents’ role in their children’s education in the Greek system. In addition, the literature in this field is limited.
The present study aims a) to clarify the forms of participation parents are currently engaged within Greek pre-school settings, b) to explore what forms of participation they aspire to and finally, c) to ascertain which forms of parental participation the educational staff wish. More precisely, this study will present some of the most frequently used models and typologies with regards to parental participation. These models guided our observations and interviews in a particular case study, which tries to investigate the ways parents participate in their children’s education, in a Greek, public pre-school setting.

Keywords: Parental Involvement, Preschool Settings, Greek, Organisational Change, Educational Staff

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp.33-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 656.325KB).

Prof. Maria Sakellariou

Lecturer, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of 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

PhD candidate, Dept: Early Childhood Education, University of 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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