Introduction: What is "good-enough" parenting? Supporting adult learning. Parenting education in schools. Parent partnership. Antenatal education for parenting. Parenting education for men. Supporting young parents. Education for adoptive parenting. Supporting parents with learning difficulties. Supporting parents of children who are disabled. Parenting education for women in prison. Support and information needs of parents with children conceived through assisted conception. Evaluating parenting education.
As the editor writes:
"Interest in education for parenting is currently considerable. The Government's Surestart scheme encourages collaboration between statutory and voluntary agencies to provide support for and education to parents in designated action zones. The First Wave schemes are now underway. The most successful are those that have achieved a high degree of parent partnership. This will be one of the themes of the book: adults learn best when involved in designing their own curriculum and deciding how it should be delivered. Parents know their own circumstances and locality best, are able to define their educational needs, and can monitor and evaluate how those needs are being met. One chapter of the book will, therefore, be devoted to parent partnership (Chapter 4).
The opening chapters of the book (Chapters 1,2) will explore the underpinning knowledge and skills that enable those delivering education to parent to provide appropriate learning opportunities. Authors will address what constitutes 'good enough parenting' and what skills parents need in order to provide it. Principles of adult education will be outlined, with discussion of group work skills, one-to-one teaching, communication and listening skills.
Today's children and young people are tomorrow's parents. The book will therefore examine education for parenting in schools (Chapter 3), and how this can be delivered within the PSHE schemes of w