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Implementing Parental Involvement in Infants’ Rooms: Explore Infant Teachers’ Perspectives and Practices


Yanhui Liu, Mona F. Sulaimani


Vol. 22  No. 7  pp. 123-130


Researchers had theorized that the earliest years’ experiences were extremely critical to a child’s future development (Jung, 2008; Liu et al., 2020), and parental involvement was a key character (Lamb et al., 2002; Liu, 2020). Though the critical role of parental involvement in education has been confirmed, less attention has been paid to its influence on infants’ development. For the sake of infants’ appropriate development, infant teachers always met barriers to finding, designing, and implementing age-appropriate activities. This case study aims at exploring the role of parental involvement in the development in infancy by surveying one director, four infant teachers, and six early childhood pre-service teachers’ perspectives and practices regarding parental involvement in infant rooms within a Reggio Emilia-inspired child development center. Findings revealed that all participants: (1) thought parental involvement was essential to their decision-making process; (2) were aware of the benefits of implementing parental involvement in infants’ rooms; (3) gained an opportunity to reflect on their practices regarding parental in-volvement and reprocess their previous perspectives. This study recommends that, in order to facilitate infants’ development appropriately, child-care centers need to take into account parental involvement and work with parents collaboratively.


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