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ERIC Number: ED574710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 9
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How Organizations Provide Learning Opportunities for Children and Families
Caspe, Margaret; Lopez, M. Elena
Harvard Family Research Project
Today we know much more about how children learn than ever before, including the types of motivation and support they need to thrive, the ways that digital media and technology enhance their creativity, and the ways that families and educators, both within and outside of school settings, can share responsibility to facilitate new knowledge and skills for children's learning. With these exciting developments comes a new challenge, however: Families and educators are no longer faced with just thinking about what children should learn; they also must grapple with where they will learn it. In this commentary, Margaret Caspe and M. Elena Lopez consider where learning takes place by exploring how organizations--from schools, to early childhood programs, to museums and libraries--can engage families in different spaces to support children's learning and promote family well-being. Caspe and Lopez highlight how organizations offer learning opportunities for both children and families by providing them with access to resources, building their social and organizational connections, and creating a climate conducive to learning. [This resource is part of the v6 n1 December 2014 issue of "FINE Newsletter."]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project