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ERIC Number: ED455906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Fathers and Families Core Learnings: An Update from the Field.
Kane, Danielle C.; Gadsden, Vivian L.; Armorer, Keisha R.
The mission of the National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF) is to improve the life chances and well-being of children and the efficacy of families by facilitating the positive involvement of fathers. Seven core learnings, developed in 1994, are at the heart of NCOFF's agenda for research, practice, and policy, and a framework for the field. These seven core learnings address the following areas: (1) fathers regard for their children; (2) the impact of father presence; (3) joblessness; (4) systemic barriers to father involvement; (5) co-parenting; (6) role transitions; and (7) intergenerational issues. The NCOFF used focus groups to examine the behaviors/activities necessary for being a good father and how many fathers actually meet the criteria. In addition, the NCOFF met with individuals in the field to determine whether and how the core learnings continue to resonate with practice and whether new core learnings should be added. This report, presented in four sections, summarizes the results of six focus group meetings with practitioners. Section 1 deals with modifications to the original core learnings. Section 2 examines new themes that the focus group participants believed should be incorporated into new core learnings. Section 3 considers the role of policy and research in supporting programs and practice. Section 4 argues that finding ways of increasing people's options will enable them to become more active parents. This section also presents the hypotheses for the new core learnings. The report's two appendices contain the focus group meeting discussion guide and a list of the programs and agencies represented at the focus groups. (KB)
National Center on Fathers and Families, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, 3440 Market Street, Suite 450, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3325. Tel: 215-573-5500; Fax: 215-573-5508; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. National Center on Fathers and Families.