Indexed on: 26 Apr '18Published on: 10 Jun '13Published in: Nordisk Barnehageforskning
Collaboration and communication between teachers and parents have during the last decades become increasingly highlighted in the Swedish preschool context. The aim of this study is to study the parent-teacher conference in the Swedish preschool and, based on interviews with preschool teachers, generate knowledge about how they view and the importance they give the parent-teacher conference as a social practice in the preschool and as a part of their profession. The analyses of the interviews show that the parent-teacher conference is an important tool for the teachers in order to create a professional relationship with the parents and to give them support in their parental role. Furthermore, the results show that the parent-teacher conference is central for creating a complete picture of the child, and that it can be seen as an assessment practice for not only the child, the parents and the preschool as an institution but also for the preschool teachers themselves in their role as professionals.