Measuring interaction quality between parents and professionals and its relation to preschool characteristics

Faculty/Professorship: Early Childhood Education and Care 
Author(s): Hummel, Theresia ; Cohen, Franziska ; Gessulat, Juliane; Anders, Yvonne
Title of the Journal: International journal of educational research open : IJEDRO
ISSN: 2666-3740
Publisher Information: Amsterdam : Elsevier
Year of publication: 2022
Volume: 3
Issue: 100195
Pages: 1-9
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedro.2022.100195
Due to a lack of adequate measures, little is known about the quality of parent-preschool communication. The present study presents a new observational tool for measuring interaction quality between parents and professionals during child drop-off. The sample consists of 912 parent-professional dyads in 107 preschools. Results from confirmatory factor analyses provided evidence of construct validity, and results for reliability were good. Regression analyses indicate that professional-child ratio, the qualification of professionals, and the way pedagogical work is organised in the preschool are related to the interaction quality between parents and professionals. The implications of our findings will be discussed in the light of the theoretical background as well as the conceptual framework of the instrument.
GND Keywords: Vorschulkind; Eltern; Erzieher; Erzieherin
Keywords: Observational tool, Early childhood education, Parent-professional partnership, Interaction quality, Communication
DDC Classification: 370 Education  
RVK Classification: DP 3000   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 24. August 2022
Project: Evaluation des Bundesprogramms "Sprach-Kitas: Weil Sprache der Schlüssel zur Welt ist"