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Families and Transition to School

  • Sue Dockett
  • Wilfried Griebel
  • Bob Perry
  • Brings together leaders in the field and inspiring mid and early career researchers from eight countries

  • Addresses issues that resonate for researchers, educators and policy makers

  • Presents theoretical approaches and considers the application of these in diverse contexts

  • Makes a major contribution to understanding the impact of families on the transition to school and of transition to school on families


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Sue Dockett, Wilfried Griebel, Bob Perry
    Pages 1-18
  3. Experiences and Expectations of Families as Children Start School

  4. Resources Families Bring to Transition to School

  5. Parent and System Perspectives on Transition to School

  6. Relationships and Collaboration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Joanne S. Lehrer, Nathalie Bigras, Isabelle Laurin
      Pages 195-210
    3. Wendy Goff
      Pages 211-224
    4. Petra Hanke, Johanna Backhaus, Andrea Bogatz, Majdah Dogan
      Pages 225-242

About this book


This collection addresses issues related to families and transition, and pays special attention to the transition to school, the effect of this on the family, as well as the effect of the family on that transition. It celebrates the roles of families, locating them as integral partners in time of transition and identifying a variety of ways in which families and educators can work together with children to promote positive transitions. The book draws on a range of theoretical frameworks and research projects to provide multiple perspectives of family involvement in education, family-educator partnerships, the nature of collaboration, issues for families in marginalised or complex circumstances, as well as the multiple intersections of families and transition processes. The research projects reported range from in-depth case studies to the analysis of large-scale data sets and all have multiple messages for practitioners, policy makers and researchers as they seek ways to engage with families as their children start school.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sue Dockett
    • 1
  • Wilfried Griebel
    • 2
  • Bob Perry
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationCharles Sturt UniversityAlbury-WodongaAustralia
  2. 2.State Institute of Early Childhood Research (IFP)MunichGermany
  3. 3.School of EducationCharles Sturt UniversityAlbury-WodongaAustralia

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