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ERIC Number: EJ1086071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
The Inspir=Ed Project: A Holistic Early Childhood Program for Enhancing Parent-Child Well-Being
Hanckel, Jane; Segal, Leonie
Childhood Education, v92 n1 p10-21 2016
All Indigenous communities have a time-tested child-rearing knowledge base that reflects and honors their cultural beliefs and historical experiences. Many of these communities emphasize group harmony and collaboration and respect for the natural environment--competencies that are increasingly important on our crowded and depleted planet. Unfortunately, Indigenous peoples are often marginalized within their own countries, and experience disproportionately high rates of poverty. Poverty and the associated lack of access to nutritious food, quality health care services, and education can prevent children from reaching their full potential. The authors of this article consider how to integrate Indigenous knowledge, spirituality, and priorities with research-based best practices for education and development. They describe a program that uses culturally relevant materials, storytelling, and music to encourage parent-child bonding and positive familial and community interactions, all designed to contribute to optimal child development in disadvantaged Aboriginal communities in Australia.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
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