ERIC Number: EJ1132928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
How Does "Community" Facilitate Early Childhood Service Use in a Multicultural Australian Suburb?
Hopkins, Liza; Lorains, Jen; Issaka, Ayuba; Podbury, Rachel
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v15 n1 p3-16 Mar 2017
Participation in early childhood development and education services is an important contributor to how well children develop throughout their early years and their success later in life. This article reports on research which examined how multicultural groups identify and use their community connections to share information and inform decision-making about and access to early childhood services. Taking a qualitative approach, the research involved focus groups with families with young children from various cultural backgrounds. The project found that families defined their community as a collective of people, generally from a like cultural background, but they also identified geographical area/place as an important contributor to their community connections. The research also identified that the way in which culturally diverse groups define and interact within their community influences their level of knowledge about available early childhood services and the credibility they place on information they receive. The findings suggest that this subsequently influences their decision-making about which early childhood services they access. The interconnectedness of these factors suggests that the broader social environments of young children are critical in their receiving high quality early development and learning opportunities. Understanding the interconnections between the people and places which constitute communities is essential for early years service providers to engage the families most in need.
Descriptors: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Decision Making, Cultural Pluralism, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, Family (Sociological Unit), Educational Quality, Place Based Education, Program Descriptions, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Immigrants, Suburbs, Information Sources, Community Services, English (Second Language), Second Languages, Access to Information
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia