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Whose decision is it? Unpacking shared decision-making as a component of partnership in New Zealand early childhood education settings
New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education (2016)
  • Qilong Zhang, Dr.
Abstract
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 education centres. NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 19, 62 - 72. Retrieved from http://www.childforum.com/research/vol-19-2016-nzrece-journal/1360-shared-decision-making-parent-teacher-centre-partnership.html

Keywords
  • partnership,
  • decision making,
  • early childhood
Disciplines
Publication Date
2016
Citation Information
Qilong Zhang. "Whose decision is it? Unpacking shared decision-making as a component of partnership in New Zealand early childhood education settings" New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education Vol. 19 (2016) p. 62 - 72
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/qilong_zhang/11/