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ERIC Number: ED342483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Parenting Education in Australia: A Structural Perspective.
Allan, June
This paper offers critical reflections on parenting education in its social context. The paper is informed by a feminist perspective, and by a structural approach to practice that emphasizes the importance of changing social structures. An introductory section explores the impact of the ideologies of the traditional family, and of motherhood and fatherhood, on society; the role of professional experts in fostering traditional beliefs; and the relationship of parenting education programs to traditional parenting ideologies. An earlier survey of parenting education programs in the Melbourne (Victoria), Australia are revealed that most programs were based on humanistic theories; did not follow a structural approach; and served mostly women. A case study exploring issues emerging from the earlier survey was undertaken. Ten parents participating in a parenting education program in Melbourne were interviewed. The study indicated that even though some breakdown of traditional attitudes was apparent, labor in child rearing was clearly divided according to gender. It is suggested that by not acknowledging that mothering makes up the bulk of the work of child rearing, the program masked the pressures felt by mothers in child rearing. A list of 23 references is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia