Transitions as a Tool for Change

  • Aline-Wendy DunlopEmail author
Part of the International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development book series (CHILD, volume 16)


This chapter interrogates contemporary perspectives on transitions and their potential to be seen as tools for change. It conceptualises ‘Transitions as a tool for change’ as a novel concept that embraces the perspectives of practitioners, children and families. ‘Transitions as a tool for change’ has been generated by and developed in the Scottish POET project through three themes: children’s learning journeys, professional beliefs and practices and family engagement. Using these themes, we explore understandings of transition, consider a wider literature that may inform the concept of ‘transitions as a tool for change’ and draw from our own research to bring insight to the concept, which has a potential to inform future research directions and policy decisions.


Early Childhood Relational Agency Parental Engagement Educational Transition Family Engagement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

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