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Education & Language | Father Involvement in Young Children’s Lives - A Global Analysis

Father Involvement in Young Children’s Lives

A Global Analysis

Series: Educating the Young Child, Vol. 6

Pattnaik, Jyotsna (Ed.)

2013, XXI, 351 p. 15 illus.

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  • A major new survey in a sparse literature on father and male involvement in young lives
  • Focuses on successful programs and strategies for father involvement
  • Includes valuable updates on formative theoretical models and research
  • Comprehensive purview includes material on marginalized and minority ethnic fathers
  • Discusses the support of father involvement through social policy
  • Multidisciplinary as well as global analysis

This vital addition to Springer’s ‘Educating the Young Child’ series addresses gaps in the literature on father involvement in the lives of young children, a topic with a fast-rising profile in today’s world of female breadwinners and single-parent households. While the significant body of theoretical understanding and empirical data accumulated in recent decades has done much to characterize the fluidity of evolving notions of fatherhood, the impact of this understanding on policy and legal frameworks has been uneven at an international level. In a field where groups of fathers were until recently marginalized in research, this book adopts a refreshingly inclusive attitude, aiming to motivate researchers to capture the nuanced practices of fathers in minority groups such as those who are homeless, gay, imprisoned, raising a disabled child, or from ethnically distinct backgrounds, including Mexican- and African-American fathers.

The volume includes chapters highlighting the unique challenges and possibilities of father involvement in their children’s early years of development. Contributing authors have integrated theories, research, policies, and programs on father involvement so as to attract readers with diverse interest and expertise, and material from selected countries in Asia, Australia, and Africa, as well as North America, evinces the international scope of their analysis. Their often interdisciplinary analyses draw, too, on historical and cultural legacies, even as they project a vision of the future in which fathers’ involvement in their young children’s lives develops alongside the changing political, economic and educational landscapes around the world.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » care and education - child care - children's well-being - cognitive development - development and learning - early childhood - family studies - fatherhood - fathering - men's roles - parental leave policy - preschool - social competence - women's labor force participation - work-life balance

Related subjects » Child & School Psychology - Education & Language - Psychology

Table of contents 

SECTION 1: Father Involvement: General Perspectives.- 1. Fathers and Early Literacy; Glen Palm.- 2. Caring Fathers: Empowering Children to be Loving Human Beings; Kevin J. Swick.- SECTION 2: Contexts within the United States.- 3. Mexican American Father-Child Literacy Interactions; Olivia N. Saracho.- 4. Father Involvement, African Americans and Reducing the Achievement Gap; William H. Jeynes.- 5. Gay Fathers’ Involvement in Their Young Children’s Lives; Dana Berkowitz and Katherine A. Kuvalanka.- 6. Incarcerated Fathers: Implications for Father Involvement; Mike Roettger and Raymond R. Swisher.- 7. Involvement of Homeless Fathers: Challenges and Possibilities; Jyotsna Pattnaik and Christie Medeiros.- 8. Fathers of Young Children with Disabilities: Experiences, Involvement and Needs; Hedda Meadan, Howard P. Parette, Jr. and Sharon Doubet.- 9. Honoring Women Who must Raise Their Children Alone; Beatrice S. Fennimore.- Section 3: International Contexts.- 10. Father-child Involvement in English-Speaking Caribbean Countries: Links to Childhood Development; Jaipaul L Roopnarine.- 11. Indigenous Fathers in Canada: Multigenerational Challenges; Jessica Ball.- 12. Father Involvement: New Zealand; Paul Callister and Lindy Fursman.- 13. Male Involvement in Children’s Lives: Roles and Relevance to Academic and Non-Academic Outcomes in the Australian Context; Andrew J. Martin.- 14. Father Involvement in Young Children’s Care and Education in Southern Africa; Jeremiah Chikovore, Tawanda Makusha and Linda Richter.- 15. Fathering in India: Understanding Challenges and Opportunities; Rajalakshmi Sriram and Prachee Navalkar.- 16. Fathers’ Role in Chinese Children’s Education; Zhonghe Wu, Song An and Shuhua An.- 17. The Father Image in Japan –Traditional Roles and Emerging Realities in Conflict; Michelle Henault Morrone and Yumi Matsuyama.- 18. Father Involvement in Taiwan: A Progressive Perspective; Hsiu-Zu Ho, Chu-Ting Ko, Connie N. Tran, Jessica M. Phillips and Wei-Wen Chen.- Index.

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