|Present||Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Waiariki Institute of Technology, New Zealand|
Waiariki Institute of Technology
Mokoia Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
Private Bag 3028, Rotorua 3046
Refereed journal articles (9)
Whose decision is it? Unpacking shared decision-making as a component ...
New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education (2016)
Despite the partnership rhetoric, early childhood education practitioners have found it difficult to establish a genuine partnership with parents, and this is in part due to the tensions in shared decision-making – one component of partnership. The aim of the study is to investigate approaches to mediating such tensions by teachers and parents. The study is of a two-stage design. The pilot stage involves semi-structured interviews with teachers and parents from one kindergarten on their experiences with shared decision-making, which captures typical dilemmatic situations of shared decision-making. The main stage explores a sum total of the approaches to resolving the three dilemmatic situations captured in the pilot stage based on interviews with teachers and parents from two kindergartens and eight childcare centres. Data analysis generates three themes each of which forms a continuum of mediatory dimension, and the three interrelated continua form a conceptual model that helps the practitioners to intentionalise and theorise their practice of shared decision-making in local contexts. Full reference:Zhang, Q. (2016).Whose decision is it? Unpacking shared decision-making as a component of partnership in New Zealand early childhood ...
Involvement in preschools: Comparing Chinese immigrant and non-Chinese parents in ...
International Research in Early Childhood Education (2014)
This study compared 120 Chinese immigrant parents and 127 non-Chinese parents from New Zealand preschools on their level of involvement ...
Conference presentations (1)
Defining meaningfulness: Enabling pre-schoolers to get the most out of ...
Coming Together for Australia’s Children – Creating Conditions for Children to Flourish, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 24-26 June. (2015)
While previous studies have shown the potential benefits of parental involvement for children’s learning and development, certain types of parental involvement ...
Conference paper (1)
Why do New Zealand parents become involved in their children ...
NZARE Conference & Annual Meeting 2012, 29-30 November. Hamilton, New Zealand (2013)
Collaborative relationships between parents and teachers in early childhood settings have moved tothe forefront of education practice and policy initiatives ...