Publisher description for Discovering successful pathways in children's development : mixed methods in the study of childhood and family life / edited by Thomas S. Weisner.

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Discovering Successful Pathways in Children's Development provides a new perspective on the study of childhood and family life._Successful development is enhanced when communities provide meaningful life pathways that children can seek out and engage.  Successful pathways include both a culturally valued direction for development and competence in skills that matter for a child's subsequent success as a person as well as a student, parent, worker, or citizen._To understand successful pathways requires a mix of qualitative, quantitative, and ethnographic methods--the state of the art for research practice among developmentalists, educators, and policymakers alike.

This volume includes new studies of minority and immigrant families, school achievement, culture, race and gender, poverty, identity, and experiments and interventions meant to improve family and child contexts._Discovering Successful Pathways in Children's Development will be of enormous value to everyone interested in the issues of human development, education, and social welfare, and among professionals charged with the task of improving the lives of children in our communities.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Child development Research Congresses, Socialization Research Congresses, Ethnicity in children Research United States Congresses, Immigrant children Research United States Congresses, Children with social disabilities Research United States Congresses, Home and school Research United States Congresses, Educational anthropology Research Congresses, Social ecology Research Congresses, Evaluation research (Social action programs) Congresses