Collaboration Opportunities through Dialogue with Diverse Voices

Annie White


This research to practice paper summarizes a qualitative study on an EHS program that utilized a narrative observation process, referred to as Journey of Discoveries, to examine collaboration between parents and teachers. Journey of Discoveries creates a pathway of collaboration for EHS teachers and parents by capturing children’s learning and development through the sharing of narrative observations. Journey of Discoveries was an effective collaboration approach resulting in: (a) connection, (b) partnership, (c) building of relationship, and (d) the value of teacher and parent shared understanding.


Early Head Start; collaboration; partnership; school readiness; learning stories; Journey of Discoveries

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