Family Involvement in Child Learning and Development

Posted on January 28, 2005

[posted from Public Education Network newsblast]


Harvard Family Research Project has just released the Winter 2004/2005 issue of “The Evaluation Exchange.” The latest issue’s topic is evaluating programs that promote families’ involvement in children’s learning and development. The new issue compiles the current knowledge base on family support and involvement programs and provides a continuous perspective on family processes surrounding children’s learning and development, from a child’s early years through adolescence. Articles in the issue address the challenges of evaluating family programs, including the need for conceptual clarity, methodological rigor, accountability, and contextual responsiveness. In an interview with Jeanne Brooks-Gunn she reflects on breakthrough findings and new directions for research, evaluation, and practice in family-focused interventions. Rounding out the issue are examples of ongoing evaluations of parent leadership and organizing programs that are working to ensure that schools serve all children at high standards. The issue is available in full online at:

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