The article discusses parent–teacher relationships in school micropolitics based on beginning teachers’ stories.
The authors employ a narrative approach and investigate how micropolitical conditions and strategies are portrayed in beginning teachers’ stories of parent–teacher relationships.
The research material consists of narrative interviews with seven Finnish primary school teachers in the first and second years of their careers.
The findings indicate that micropolitical processes play a part in constructing parent–teacher relationships.
These micropolitics both enable and limit these relationships and influence how beginning teachers learn to cope with parent relationships.
The findings reveal various micropolitical strategies that beginning teachers use to enact and construct parent–teacher relationships.
Furthermore, the findings show that parent–teacher relationships do not necessarily include just parents and teachers, but are multidimensional, encompassing several intertwined relationships that micropolitically condition parent–teacher relationships.
The implications for pre- and in-service teacher education and school leaders are considered.