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Title: Parental engagement during the ‘Caqlaq!’ 2 campaign : a summative analytic report of a non-formal adult educational initiative
Authors: Brown, Maria
Keywords: Adult education -- Malta
Education -- Philosophy
Critical pedagogy
Non-formal education -- Malta
Education -- Parent participation -- Malta
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Brown, M. (2016). Parental engagement during the ‘Caqlaq!’ 2 campaign: a summative analytic report of a non-formal adult educational initiative. Malta Review for Educational Research, 10(1), 111-143.
Abstract: This paper synthesises parents’ and guardians’ engagement with a non-formal educational initiative sponsored by Fundación Mapfre that took place between October 2014 and February 2015. Parents, guardians and carers of students’ recruited from a sample of state and Catholic Church primary schools in Malta engaged with graphical representations related to select health and fitness issues prioritised at the time by the World Health Organisation (WHO) (2014) to trigger collaborative and interactive activities and discussions. These activities fed into a critical engagement with the codifications, i.e. decodification (Kirkwood and Kirkwood, 2011; Freire, 2005). Participants presented main themes / issues emerging from the workshop activities. In this manner, workshops yielded to participants’ grassroots, in-depth, critical and inquisitive ownership of and engagement with health and fitness concerns. The main findings of the study show that, during the workshop, participants manifested a successful thematic, self-critical and reflective engagement with the select health and fitness concerns; they also linked the workshop discussion to their family and community contexts, as well as to broader socio-economic, cultural and global dynamics – with special reference to water supply; availability of public and recreational spaces; work-life balance; globalisation and technology. Thus, the workshop pedagogy provided democratic, dialogical and reflexive engagement; enhanced social capital and a grassroots’ approach to knowledge and education. Recommendations stemming from these research findings include the possibility of parent and child workshops; holding a series of workshops and forming a core-group of family members who have a more active role in future ‘Ċaqlaq!’ and other health and fitness campaigns.
ISSN: 17269725
Appears in Collections:MRER, Volume 10, Issue 1
MRER, Volume 10, Issue 1

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