Moving from the I to we : Effective parenting education in groups (2010) is a thesis that was presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Master of Education (Adult Education) at Massey University, New Zealand by Claire Rumble.

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Research summary

Parenting education has a role to play in helping people positively parent and nurture their children to ensure children experience a warm and loving childhood and reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect.

However, there is no clear picture about the critical elements necessary for parenting education to succeed.

Specifically, those elements which would ensure successful attendance, retention and positive learning outcomes for parents, particularly from ‘hard-to-reach’ families.

To help parenting education providers plan effective programmes, this research investigated three programmes regarded as good exemplars of parenting education in New Zealand.

Why is this research important?

The research is important for children because effective parenting has been found to moderate poor outcomes for children living with risk factors such as poverty. It is important for parents because many feel they are not adequately prepared to become a parent. Nor do many parents realise the extent of the influence they have on their children’s development.

Parenting education can help parents feel more confident about their parenting. The research is also important for society since studies show that the quality of nurturing and environment children experience in their early years has lifelong effects on all aspects of their education, development and health and ultimately the wellbeing of the nation.

Who might be interested in this research?

People who work in the fields of community development, parenting education and all those who provide practical support to young families.