ERIC Number: ED313105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Children at the Margin: A Challenge for Parents, Communities and Professionals. Eastern Hemisphere Seminar with the Cooperation of the Newcastle College of Advanced Education (3rd, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, November 13-20, 1987). Summary Report and Conclusions.
Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
At the seminar reported in this paper, concepts related to three types of "mediators" whose impact on the development of the child was seen as crucial were examined in the keynote address, in three short papers, and in the discussions of the seminar's three working groups. This report, which was adopted unanimously at the seminar's closing session is divided into three main sections: (1) The Parent and Community as Mediator; (2) The Professional and the Trained Parent as Mediator; and (3) The Socio-Physical Environment as Mediator. Topics discussed in section 1, on the parent and community as mediators, include the concept of marginality, examples of marginality, differences between industrialized and traditional societies, changes in women's work, marginalization in industrialized settings, implications for the concept of marginality, the concept of parent education, combating the disadvantages of marginalization, child care workers in the community, the educative role of the family, and policy aspects. In section 2, the topic of the professional and the trained parent as mediators is discussed in terms of the influence of professionals' attitudes, developing new relationships, professionals, para-professionals, parents, essential skills and knowledge, community empowerment and whether such empowerment is always possible, universal principles in training, informal networks, and evaluation and advocacy. Section 3, on the socio-physical environment as mediator, deals with access to resources, itinerant peoples and land, housing and urban change, secure and defensible space, nutritional imperatives, misleading nutritional beliefs, health imperatives, the knowledge and information environment, and the community's own initiative. (RH)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).