As of 01-01-2018 I am Professor of Youth, family and society at Avans Center of Expertise Caring Society.
As such I will research topics concerning youth, health and prevention – and connect research with education of future professionals in health care and social work.
From June 2017 onwards, I will use Deep Democracry techniques to perform action research projects.
Read more: Deep Democracy
In May/June 2017, I contributed to a literature review on out of school children for a UNICEF-project.
Working on an assignment for Stichting Opvoeden, a Foundation which validates online parenting information in the Netherlands.
Focus of the assignment is to inform the Foundation on views and habits in parenting from the perspectives of migrant mothers without formal education experience, who live in the Netherlands. Methods; questionnaires and narrative analysis of a group based community programme in The Hague.
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This book reflects the contributions to a conference on Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (Council of Europe, 2016).
Chapter 4, p. 201-206
Educational courses that exist to support migrants in their efforts to participate in a host society should be properly designed with pedagogical expertise. In this paper, we clarify basic principles of adult learning, using the Themis method as an example. Instead of a fixed curriculum which aims to teach dominant and stereotypical cultural habits, a participatory approach fosters the development of new kinds of awareness and new ways of coping with the differences between cultures, and leads to more profound results in terms of self-confidence, participation, empowerment and language proficiency.
Christa Nieuwboer & Rogier van ’t Rood
> Link to the Chapter (Open Access)
Nieuwboer, C.C. & Rood van’t, R. Progress in proficiency and participation. An adult learning approach to support social integration of migrants in western societies. In: Beacco, J.-C., Little, D., Krumm, H.-J. and Thalgott, Ph. (eds.) (2017), The Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants: Some Lessons from Research. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton in cooperation with the Council of Europe.
“Who has access to information?” During a recent workshop everybody gave an optimistic answer: everyone has access, if they want to. Don’t they? Exploring this a little bit further, I was astonished by the way we take our own perspective for granted. The next question: “Who decides on new policies” suddenly brought on uneasiness and worry.
Read my blog post here: >> Januari 2017 Fight Inequality Technology rules
Blogpost for the Fight Inequality Week, 14-20 January 2017 #fightinequality
Parenting support is a form of adult learning. I am pleased to cooperate with the IDEAL-programme, which takes a participatory approach to learning processes and offers training for professionals.
You can find the explanatory movie of IDEAL on this website:
In this position paper, we describe the theory-base of principles of this effective pedagogical approach and discuss assumptions of adult learning and civic integration in order to define constructive future directions.
Redesign civic integration considered – Position paper
The Internet provides a popular and convenient source of information and support on parenting, offering many opportunities for both peer and professional support. Recent studies have also shown that both parents and children can benefit from online parenting support.
In this chapter, we describe the current variety of online services for parents, distinguishing between peer support and professional support. Specifically we will focus on the design characteristics of these web-based resources. Since Internet technology is still rapidly developing, many new opportunities for social networking are available. The provision of multilayered interaction (many-to-many, one-tomany, one-to-one) and the use of multiple components in websites may enhance the way parents feel supported. Also, training can be added to online programs, which aims to change parental knowledge, behavior and attitude. Furthermore, we discuss experimental results from recent meta-analytic study on the effects of online parental education.
Providing an overview of the past decade, we discuss two major trends which give direction to future research and development: missing aspects of research on online social networking and inspiring opportunities for online professional support for parents.
Open Access hyperlink to the chapter (DOI)
My daughter, who is 16, cried bitter tears over the Brexit-result. She loves Great Britain and has plans to study in England. She so much hoped migrants would not be bashed by this vote yet again. But most of all, she hurts because her trust in humanity is suffering badly. She witnesses the victory of the fast and negative sentiments over the slow and positive ones.
Read my column here:
Scoring on immigration – or making an effort for integration?