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Knowledge exchange, foster care and early education: Introducing treasure baskets to foster carers of young children

Cameron, C; Meetoo, V; Johansen, T; Jackson, S; (2020) Knowledge exchange, foster care and early education: Introducing treasure baskets to foster carers of young children. Child and Family Social Work 10.1111/cfs.12757. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Child & Family Social Work published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd All children have a right to early childhood education, but preschool-aged fostered children are less likely than others to access formal early childhood education and care (ECEC) services such as nurseries and playgroups. The home learning environment is crucial for this group. Building on an earlier pilot study where foster carers of young children saw education as something that largely happens outside the home, this paper presents a knowledge exchange project that aimed to build foster carers' self-concept as educators. The design of the project aimed to exchange knowledge between academic researchers and practitioners through an experientially based training programme, which focused on extending the specific ECEC practice of treasure baskets. The programme was theoretically grounded in social pedagogy, which takes an educative approach to social issues. Although there were clear difficulties in recruitment, there were promising signs that the knowledge exchange dialogic approach promoted the acquisition of new knowledge and skills and enhanced foster carers' sense of self-confidence as educators for the young children they look after.

Type: Article
Title: Knowledge exchange, foster care and early education: Introducing treasure baskets to foster carers of young children
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12757
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12757
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 The Authors. Child & Family Social Work published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094422
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