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ERIC Number: EJ977961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Community-Based Learning to Support South African Early Group Care
Casper, Virginia; Lamb-Parker, Faith
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v32 n2 p183-199 2012
The Developing Families Project-South Africa (DFP-SA) is a community-based model of education and training for the care, support and education of vulnerable children birth-to-three and their caregivers, guardians and families in rural and peri-urban townships. The approach fosters interactive learning among community members about early care and education integrated with HIV/AIDS education and prevention. This article focuses on the early group care component of the program. The DFP curriculum was co-constructed by the authors in conjunction with local parents and early childhood practitioners and trainers, based in part on findings from creche observations and situational assessments of indigenous beliefs and attitudes concerning child development, early care and HIV/AIDS, implemented in five township settings across four provinces. This work is situated in the context of globalized educational practices with an eye toward meaningful integration of indigenous and Western ideas that together can help participants move toward consensus to improve care for this particularly vulnerable population. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa