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ERIC Number: EJ970127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Engaging Fathers from Disadvantaged Areas in Children's Early Educational Transitions: A UK Perspective
Potter, Carol; Walker, Gary; Keen, Bev
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v10 n2 p209-225 Jun 2012
Findings presented here relate to the evaluation of an innovative one-year pilot project in an area of multiple deprivation in the north of England, the goal of which was to engage fathers and male carers in their children's transition from an early years setting to formal schooling to enhance children's enjoyment, achievement and learning at this critical early stage of development. The project was successful in engaging men, recording 76 male attendances at activities during the project period, 19 of which were recorded at school-based activities, following transition. Strategies found to be effective in engaging men at a strategic level were partnership working with an expert agency on male inclusion and the use of a highly gender differentiated approach. At an operational level, successful approaches included the use of a highly individualized, strengths-based, empowerment orientated approach, within a partnership context, implemented by an extremely skilled Fathers Transition Worker, complemented by intensive follow-up contact via mobile phone, the use of male orientated activities and the engagement of mothers, as well as fathers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)