ERIC Number: ED458027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Building Strong Neighborhoods for Families with Children. A Guide for Public Dialogue and Problem Solving.
Based on the view that strengthening families and neighborhoods can improve the life chances of vulnerable children, this discussion guide is designed to help communities participating in study circle programs to bring people from all segments of the neighborhood together to share different views and experiences, thereby building stronger relationships and working together to find solutions. The introduction to this discussion guide describes what a study circle is, how study circles move people from talk to action, and how to make the most of a study circle. Discussion materials are grouped in four sessions: (1) What is our neighborhood like for children and families? (2) What do families face in our neighborhood? (3) How can we make our neighborhood a better place for families with children? and (4) What can we do? Each section includes an outline of discussion topics, facilitator tips, questions to consider, and preparation for the next session or action suggestions. The discussion guide also includes tips for study circle facilitators, suggestions for organizing study circles, keys for organizing study circles on families and children, and resources for further action and discussion. The guide concludes with acknowledgments of people who organized study circles to test this guide. (KB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Change Strategies, Community Action, Discussion Groups, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Leaders Guides, Neighborhood Improvement, Neighborhoods, Problem Solving, Teaching Guides
Study Circles Resource Center, P.O Box 203, Pomfret, CT 06258. Tel: 860-928-2616; Fax: 860-928-3713; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.studycircles.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.