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ERIC Number: ED447904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 178
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-646-40125-4
Rock and Water: Working with Boys, Building Fine Men. An Educational Program Centred around Safety and Integrity.
Ykema, Freerk
This lesson book presents the curriculum of the Rock and Water program, which aims to assist boys in their development to adulthood by emphasizing the importance of being conscious of their own power and responsibility within society. The program focuses on the process of growth to adulthood via five steps: (1) self defense; (2) standing up for oneself; (3) awareness of personal possibilities, qualities, and responsibilities; (4) the inner compass: directing personal development and forces within; and (5) the inner undercurrent: awareness of connectedness and solidarity. Lessons one through eight are suitable for both boys and girls from 10 years of age. In these lessons, the Rock and Water principles are introduced, and the pupils are taught the power of standing strong. Each lesson deals with one of the following themes: breathing strength, body language, boundaries and intuition. Lessons 9 to 13, more suitable for pupils from age 14, are gender specific and aimed toward boys. These lessons deal with mental strength and address issues of: group pressure, bullying, concentration, visualization, self confidence, the inner compass, the Three Steps Plan, and sexuality. The lesson book's appendix contains a separate lesson that focuses on assisting children in dealing with a threatening group of peers. (SD)
Men and Boys Program, Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia; Tel: 02-4921-8739; Fax: 02-4921-8686; e-mail:; Web Site:
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Newcastle Univ., Callaghan (Australia). Family Action Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Netherlands