The parenting early intervention programme in England, 2006-11 : a classed experience?
Cullen, Stephen Michael, Cullen, Mairi Ann, Lindsay, Geoff and Strand, Steve. (2012) The parenting early intervention programme in England, 2006-11 : a classed experience? British Educational Research Journal . ISSN 1469-3518 (Submitted)
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Family policy was a key component of the ‘New’ Labour government’s family, social, and education policy, and a range of family focused initiatives and interventions designed to ‘support’ families and improve individual, family, and social outcomes were introduced. The post-May 2010 coalition government’s family policy exhibits elements of policy continuity. There have been class-based critiques of this approach to social policy, which have argued that policies were informed by a project to recreate the working class. One family policy initiative, the Parenting Early Intervention Programme (PEIP) ran from September 2006-March 2011. The evaluation of the PEIP was a large scale combined methods study of the implementation of parenting programmes in all local authorities in England, and forms the evidential base of this article which was built upon the completion, by participating parents, of three standardized pre and post course questionnaires (N = 4446). A sample of 133 participating parents was also interviewed using semi-structured interview schedules. The evidence from the evaluation showed the heterogeneous class nature of the PEIP cohorts, which over the roll-out of the initiative, incorporated a larger number of middle-class parents. The qualitative data indicated that parents had positive participant perceptions of PEIP courses, characterised by ‘mutual reach’, and did not experience the courses in classed terms. The evidence from the data collected for the national evaluation suggests that it is difficult to conceptualise the PEIP, in class terms – such an approach requires, at the least, major qualification.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Family policy -- Great Britain, Parenting -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Educational Research Journal|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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