How Moroccan‐Dutch Parents Learn In Communities Of Practice: Evaluating A Bottom‐Up Parenting Programme.
Beurden, Spark L. van. Haan, Mariëtte de. Jongmans, Marian J.
Published: May 2019
Child & Family Social Work
Vol. 24, No. 2 , p. 283-291
John Wiley & Sons
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Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
Research shows that top‐down‐designed parenting programmes do not always meet the needs of postmigration parents. Bottom‐up programmes by migrant organizations hold a promise to fill this gap; however, research about these programmes and appropriate evaluation methodologies is scarce. Drawing upon Wenger's (2010) “communities of practice,” this paper explores an alternative perspective on parenting programme evaluation. Findings are presented from a study looking into social learning processes of postmigration parents who participated in a bottom‐up programme about raising teenagers in urban areas. Using an ethnographically inspired method combined with a preprogramme and postprogramme design, 115 Moroccan‐Dutch mothers and fathers from 15 programme groups participated. Results show that the programme provided a social learning space in which parents used themselves as resources to learn collectively about parenting. Moreover, parents consciously engaged in learning interactions across learning spaces stretched into their social networks. These analyses showed how parents' development of “learning citizenship” (Wenger, 2009) provides us with insight in collective learning dimensions present in a bottom‐up parenting programme, which is often not included in evaluation studies. Implications for practitioners as facilitators of parents' collective learning are presented. (Author abstract)
parent education; child rearing; adolescents; urban environment; parent support groups; children of immigrants; parent engagement; parent child relationships; Netherlands