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Education for Family Life in Australia


Smyth, BM and Hunter, C and Macvean, M and Walter, M and Higgins, DJ, Education for Family Life in Australia, Global Perspectives on Family Life Education, Springer International Publishing AG, M Robila M, A Taylor (ed), Switzerland, pp. 93-113. ISBN 978-3-319-77588-3 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-77589-0_7


Family life education is neither a formal discipline nor a formally recognized vocation in Australia. Rather, it comprises a loose amalgam of programs, services, and policies - with little reliable evaluation data to guide its activities. Education for family life in Australia has a complex disjointed story, characterized by a marked decline in couple relationship education, on the one hand, and an expansion of parenting education on the other. Our central argument is that supporting and enriching couple relationships is critical to successful parenting. Yet Australian policy - possibly reflecting broader cultural and attitudinal barriers—appears to neglect this important nexus.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:family life education, couple relation education, parenting programs, premarital education, family policy, policy evaluation
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
ID Code:130759
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Provost
Deposited On:2019-02-11
Last Modified:2019-04-02

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