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Austerity and its Impact on Early Years Informal and Family Learning in Disadvantaged Urban Communities

Project Summary

This investigative project focuses on informal family learning in urban disadvantaged communities experiencing austerity in England and Portugal.

Poor families with young children are harder hit than any other group by austerity policies. Informal family learning in community spaces contributes to development of young citizens, for character building, positive learning dispositions and executive learning functions, influencing successful school outcomes.

This connection between school outcomes and informal learning in urban environments is vital, under-researched and relevant to many urban communities experiencing austerity.

This project will map the impact of austerity in English and Portuguese disadvantaged urban communities, documenting changing levels of availability/access to what were, historically, public, free, cultural/leisure services on which poor families depend for stimulation and extension of family learning, including libraries, parks, playgrounds, youth clubs and museums.

The project aims to enhance family and informal learning for disadvantaged children before entry to school, generating learning with international relevance.

Team Member Biographies

Professor Chris Pascal OBE

Research Director, Centre for Research in Early Childhood, Birmingham, England

 A full biography for Chris can be found here: https://www.eecera.org/about/trustee/chris-pascal/

 

 

Professor Tony Bertram

Research Director, Centre for Research in Early Childhood, Birmingham, England

A full biography for Tony can be found here: https://www.eecera.org/about/trustee/tony-bertram/

 

 

Professor Andy Cramp

Honorary Research Fellow (Formally Faculty Head of Doctoral Studies), University of Wolverhampton, England

A full biography for Andy can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andy_Cramp

 

 

Professor João Formosinho

President, Institute of Childhood Studies, Portugal

Professor, Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon

 A full biography for João can be found here: https://www.portoeditora.pt/autor/joao-formosinho

 

Professor Júlia Formosinho

Vice-President, Childhood Association, Portugal

Professor, Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon

 A full biography for Júlia can be found here: https://www.eecera.org/about/trustee/julia-formosinho/

 

 

 

 

 

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