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ERIC Number: ED455910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 38
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Employment and Fatherhood: The Education, Work, and Economic Nexus Roundtable (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 23-24, 2000).
Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. National Center on Fathers and Families.
In February 2000, researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and other specialists in the field of fathers and families convened the "Employment and Fatherhood: The Education, Work, and Economic Nexus" roundtable. This discussion considered how interrelationships among education and schooling, literacy, employment and employability, and the economy are fundamental to informing current discussions of family support. This report synthesizes the discussion of the conference themes and their implications for policymaking, the directions they indicate for future research, and the lessons they impart for practice. Section 1 of the report contains summaries of the research papers presented, as well as discussants' and participants' commentaries. Topics of papers include family environment and intergenerational well-being, school competition and student achievement, school racial composition and student achievement, the absence of black children in studies of student attitudes, and immigrant families. Section 2 describes the current and emerging issues in father poverty and social vulnerability that emerged during roundtable discussions, including discerning misconceptions about African American educational attainment and engagement, understanding the race effect, rethinking racial concentration in schools, and questioning assumptions about immigrants and their families. Section 3 offers new directions for research that arose from the discussion, including examining outcomes for multiple ethnic groups. Section 4 explores the implications of the issues raised for policymaking, including reestablishing the importance of race in policy discussions and making teachers accountable for their roles in child development. Section 5 describes lessons learned for practice, including empowering parents and focusing on human capital. The roundtable agenda and a list of participants are appended. (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: Collected Works - Proceedings
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. National Center on Fathers and Families.