Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Supporting families with young children at risk

A CULTURAL-HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

9 August 2017

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

All children deserve the best possible start in life. Working within a risk-and-prevention paradigm, many services intervene early, supporting parents through adversity. The problem is that telling parents what to do doesn’t work. Partnership models aim to address this, but come with their own challenges. Professionals can retreat from their expertise for fear of being a ‘bossy expert’ and undermining partnership.

This seminar will report findings from a three-year study across three Australian states, involving more than 100 professionals and parents in diverse services. It takes a cultural-historical perspective, framing partnership as a mind-expanding encounter in which professionals and parents collaborate on complex problems. The presentation will reveal the diverse forms of expertise involved, providing answers to questions such as: "How can we help parents escape from impossible situations where motives to care for their children pull them in opposite directions?", "How can professionals guide parents' learning what they can’t know what is to be learned in advance?", "Why is the difference between goals and ‘what matters’ to parents so significant?", and "How can professionals cope with the need to work with incomplete, fragile and uncertain knowledge about those they are trying to help?".

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Ling Wu
    T: +61 8627 5770
    E: ling.wu@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

  • Speaker: Nick Hopwood is an associate professor at the UTS School of Education. His current research focuses on relationships between learning, expertise, agency and resilience in services for families with young children. Dr Hopwood draws on cultural-historical theory (in a Vygotskian tradition), as well as sociomaterial and practice-based philosophy (informed by Schatzki among others). His other work includes teacher education and development in Bhutan (where he is involved in setting up the country’s first PhD program), and being higher-degrees-by-research coordinator for the School of Education. Dr Hopwood maintains a blog nickhop.wordpress.com, and a twitter feed, @NHopUTS. Updates on his current project are tweeted from @BetterFutureUTS.

Supporting families with young children at risk

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

9 August 2017


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