This thesis describes and explores the lived experience of novice parent
educators as they face unexpected interactions while facilitating group parent
education. The study employed a descriptive phenomenological approach to conduct
and analyze unstructured interviews with five novice parent educators. The analysis
generated meaning constituents of (a) being surprised by the unexpected, (b)
struggling to hide my reactions, (c) pressure to respond but I don’t know how, and
(d) needing to balance educating with protecting the individual and the group. Links
between participant descriptions and literature concerning facing unexpected
interactions, being a novice educator, and facilitating adult education are discussed.
Implications are explored for the field of parent education in general and parent
educator preparation in particular, and for further research.
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. July 2010. Major: Education, Curriculum & Instruction. Advisor: Dr. Ruth Thomas. 1 computer file (PDF); iv, 71 pages, appendices A-B.
Cline, Heather Marie.
Novice parent educators’ experience facing unexpected interactions while facilitating group parent education..
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