Building family-school-community relationships through collective leadership
The theoretical frame for this study was generated from a strengths-based understanding that vulnerable families have the resources to support children’s learning. It contrasts with a more familiar discourse that positions many families of migrant, refugee, Indigenous, and low-socioeconomic backgrounds as deficit. Drawing on research undertaken in three remote Australian Indigenous communities, it provides a new conceptualisation of family-school partnerships that has the potential to empower marginalised families. In practice, an authentic family school partnership means that families and school staff collaborate to set an agenda for mutually benefiting children’s learning and by extension family wellbeing.
Bev Flückiger is a Professor in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University and a researcher in the Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER). Her background is that of an early childhood teacher, and primary school Principal. She has research and consulting interests that focus on improving the life chances of children described as disadvantaged in Australian society and ensuring that all children have the opportunity to engage in learning, exercise agency, and experience success. Her work is currently focused on building mutually supportive and authentic family, ECE centre, school and community relationships through collective leadership.
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