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The expectations of parents of preschool children in terms of socio-educational professionals' attitudes and educational behaviors

François Larose, Bernard Terrisse, Johanne Bédard, Yves Couturier

The official position on the many early childhood and family service networks in Quebec has, for almost twenty years now, been in keeping with an ecosystemic approach that emphasizes partnerships between professionals and the family. In this article, we present the results of a survey using a questionnaire administered to a sample of 310 parents of young children who have received services from the health and social network, education network, day-care, as well as from other community organizations. After defining parental expectations regarding the educational attitudes and conducts of various categories of professionals, while taking into consideration many factors that characterize them, we conclude by putting into perspective the different inferential positions that presently distinguish these expectations from the outside.