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Contexts of Child Development: Culture, Policy and Intervention

Robinson, Gary W., Eickelkamp, Ute, Goodnow, Jacqueline and Katz, Ilan Ed. (2008). Contexts of Child Development: Culture, Policy and Intervention. Darwin, N.T.: Charles Darwin Universtiy Press (CDU Press).

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Title Contexts of Child Development: Culture, Policy and Intervention
Place of Publication Darwin, N.T.
Publisher Charles Darwin Universtiy Press (CDU Press)
Publication Year 2008
ISBN 9780980384680   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Editor Robinson, Gary W.
Eickelkamp, Ute
Goodnow, Jacqueline
Katz, Ilan
Total Pages 266
Language English
Field of Research 1303 - Specialist Studies in Education
Abstract 'Contexts of Child Development' is an inspiring and thought-provoking collection that aims to deepen our understanding of child development in order to positively influence the people, policies and practices that help shape children's lives. Drawing on a range of methodological, theoretical and practical perspectives, and on leading Australian and international research, the volume challenges us to consider issues as diverse as the continuing impact of past colonial policies and practices on Australian Aboriginal child development today; the ways in which a focus on 'learning through the arts' can be beneficial to other areas of development, including literacy; and the potentially disabling consequences of the socio-culturally biased construction of what constitutes a 'good childhood' which currently underpins policy in the UK. A key concern of the collection is to advance insights and understandings of child development in relation to questions of cultural diversity, social disadvantage and state-supported interventions. Hence, many of the contributions focus on the outcomes of child development in Australian Aboriginal communities, including Ernabella and Docker River in the Western Desert, Darnley Island in north-east Queensland, the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory, Yakanarra in the Kimberley, and the Yorta Yorta in rural Victoria. While the editors consider that the contributions collectively 'point to complex patterns of intergenerational reproduction of disadvantage for which there is no single intervention p oint', they conclude that the challenge for educators, pol icy makers, governments an d communities alike is to find and follow the ways and means by which it is possible to support the outcomes of child development in order that the deleterious effects of multiple disadvantage might be undone. [“This volume redefines the intersection of history, science, culture, and evidence about child development to address the modern Australian Aboriginal circumstance. Essential reading for those in politics, policy and practice.“ Professor Fiona Stanley AC, University of Western Australia.] Contributors: Julie Andrews, Gordon Briscoe, Courtney Cazden, Frances Christie, Robin Dalby, Samantha Disbray, Ute Eickelkamp, Jacqueline Goodnow, Pauline Fietz, Michael Gooda, Judith A. Griffin, Colleen Hayward, Allison James, Ilan Katz, Jill Korbin, David Lawrence, John De Maio, Francis Mitrou, Barbara Piscitelli, Glenn Pearson, Gary Robinson, Dorothy Scott, Carrington Shepherd, Sven Silburn, Gillian Wigglesworth, Steve Zubrick.
Keyword Teaching & Learning
North Australia
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