ERIC Number: ED394670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
We Did It Ourselves--Sinn Fhein a rinn e: An Account of the Western Isles Community Education Project. Proisect Muinntir nan Eilean, 1977-1992. Early Childhood Development: Practice and Reflections Number 9.
The Western Isles Community Education Project established preschools and community training projects which stimulated the coordinated development of preschool and related community education training structures, leading to an evaluated model of community self-help in the form of a network of playgroups (Guth nam Parant) in the scattered communities of the Western Isles of Scotland, among the most physically isolated in Europe. These communities battled for generations to preserve their distinctive Gaelic linguistic and cultural traditions through periods of radical change to island lifestyles. This book consists of five chapters providing a chronological account of the project, an afterword and an appendix, and a bibliography. Chapter 1 describes the Western Isles Community project and the early beginnings of the project through the 1976-77 Feasibility Study. Chapter 2 describes project foundations and Phase 1 of the project (1978-82). Chapter 3 focuses on preschool children and their families during Phase 2 (1983-86). Chapter 4, "Guth nam Parant," deals with the year 1986-87, discusses the creation of playgroups, and describes establishing a parents' organization and involving schools, and provides vignettes of how the project changed families' lives. Chapter 5 provides conclusions and analyzes the accomplishments of the feasibility study and phases one and two. The afterword describes Guth nam Parant in 1995. The appendix provides Guth nam Parant fieldworkers' job descriptions. A bibliography of 28 items is included. (DR)
Descriptors: Community Development, Community Education, Cultural Background, Cultural Maintenance, Family Involvement, Foreign Countries, Occupational Information, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Rural Education
Bernard van Leer Foundation, P.O. Box 82334, 2508 EH, The Hague, The Netherlands (single copy, free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Identifiers: Playgroups; Scotland