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ERIC Number: ED524666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
"There's a Real Mix...It's Not All Doom and Gloom around Here!": Parents' Views on Raising Children in a Community Experiencing High Levels of Disadvantage
Peppard, Judith
Australian Teacher Education Association, Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) (Albury, Jun 28-Jul 1, 2009)
In 2006 three primary schools and a community youth service "crossed borders" by forming a network to improve student educational achievement in a community experiencing high levels of disadvantage. Recognising that they lacked the capacity and resources required to counteract the numerous barriers to learning experienced by many of their students, the network set out to bring families and community together in a common goal; to improve education outcomes for students over the long term through a combination of community capacity-building and coordinating services for families in crisis. This paper reports on the outcome of parent focus groups conducted in 2007 as part of a broader research project to establish baseline data for the network's evaluation. The purpose of the focus groups was to elicit parents' views about raising children in the area, what they felt was required to maintain and enhance positive aspects of community life, address the issues they raised as concerns and the potential of the newly formed network to make a difference to them and their children. Five focus groups were conducted at the three network primary schools between July and October 2007. Twenty-eight parents participated across the three schools. This paper will present the findings of those focus groups, giving attention to the social construction of space and place in parents' responses, dissonances in the way parents discussed their community and the importance of lay knowledge in conceptualizing issues and developing responses to them. The way the ideas expressed by the parents have been taken up by the network in its forward planning will also be examined.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)
Identifiers - Location: Australia