Reconceptualising university-based community child and family programs

Noble, Karen (2007) Reconceptualising university-based community child and family programs. In: CEIRC International Early Childhood Conference, 15-17 Nov 2007, Melbourne, Vic.

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Abstract

As discussions about what constitutes quality early childhood continue to engage key policy makers, administrators and service providers, it has become apparent that it is important that parents are also represented in these forums. This paper outlines a part of a larger study, specifically focussed on parent experiences of engaging in a university child and family program (CAFU). The family groups attending the various groups are diverse and needs vary considerably for individual families. The study was designed to examine the experiences of parents in relation to the contributions that students make to the program (and their potential to contribute) at micro and macro levels within their local community. A focus on developing a community of practice in the university child and family program privileges a strong sense of justice and notions of agency. As such, what is required is an understanding that contexts play out in particular ways as a result of the values, beliefs and understandings that are held by the participants who interact and work with young children in particular contexts. Parent understandings of this role of the university community playgroup in terms of contributing to community capacity building in the local context ensue.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Dr Karen Noble
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 07 May 2010 05:42
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2011 04:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: early childhood; child and family program; community of practice; parent engagement
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7993

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