ERIC Number: ED234919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Education for Fatherhood: Developing the Nurturing Potential of Boys and Men.
Klinman, Debra G.
In September of 1981, the Fatherhood Project at Bank Street College in New York City began field research investigating the ways in which America's major social institutions were responding to the call for greater male involvement in childrearing. The research effort attempted to identify innovations in five major institutional sectors: the law, employment, family health care, social and supportive services, and education. Nearly 400 examples of innovative programs or policies were identified. Key personnel responsible for the programs received a written questionnaire; many were also interviewed by telephone. Model programs were selected for site visits by project staff, who collected observational data and conducted in-depth interviews with service providers and users. The discussion in this report focuses on what the project learned about innovations in the process of formal education and specifically describes work done at four levels of the formal educational process: preschool, elementary, high school, and college. At every level, innovative educational programs were found; among others, these included programs designed to introduce men into preschool classrooms and to develop nurturant behaviors in male elementary school students. Programs were also identified that provided "hands on" child care experiences as part of a preparenthood curriculum for teenagers and that offered college courses centered on the study of fatherhood. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).