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This edition of the Research Digest focuses primarily on parent-teacher collaboration, considering what research can tell us about:

  • why parental engagement is important
  • key features of effective collaborations
  • critical challenges and issues that teachers and parents may face
  • strategies that have helped teachers and parents build effective relationships

Some examples of activities undertaken as part of whole-school programs are also included. These illustrate the kind of scaffolding that helps teachers, parents and children establish the foundations for effective interactions.

The Digest draws on searches of data bases and bibliographic resources including the Australian Education Index, Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), Education Research Complete, British Education Index and Scopus. A selection of relevant websites is listed and a full reference list provided. Links to those references for which full-text access is freely available are also included.

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