Title

Asking, Listening, and Learning: Toward a More Thorough Method of Inquiry in Home-School Relations.

Publication Title

Teaching and Teacher Education

Publication Date

2-2011

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/j.tate.2010.08.010

Keywords

asking, learning, listening, inquiry, home-school relations

Disciplines

Teacher Education and Professional Development

Abstract

The article provides a rationale and description of a constructivist parent–teacher approach used to support preservice teachers’ understandings of relationships between home and school. Using a critical theoretical framing of policy, social science, and enacted curriculum, the authors ask readers to consider moving away from proscribed models of home–school relationships to a partnering lens which allows teachers to view their initial communications as a crucial teacher-learning endeavor. With this approach, preservice teachers are constructing their understanding of parents’ views of children, uncovering resources and parents ideals, and empowering themselves to deconstruct/reconstruct images of families in a more just framework.