The WebGuide is a directory of quality websites covering all ages from early child development through to adolescence.
Tufts University have assembled approved links to websites and videos on topics of interest to parents. It is also used by students and professionals in the fields of child development, education, and psychology. All the sites and videos listed on the WebGuide have been systematically evaluated by graduate students. In order to ensure reliability, the evaluation system includes criteria such as the inclusion of citations in peer-reviewed journals.
This really is a very reliable resource for students and workers’ continuing professional development (CPD). It is easy to navigate, with drop-down menus across the top of the site. For example, ‘Health’ includes ADHD, Autism and Aspergers.
The WebGuide has been systematically evaluating links since 2001, so it has now amassed a substantial collection. Tufts’ evaluation criteria are rigorous, but I think that if it were to have begun today it might have indicated whether each resource was open-access or not.
Viewing the WebGuide from Europe, I can’t help wishing we had a comparable directory for resources outside the USA.
Access the WebGuide at: http://www.cfw.tufts.edu
Families are changing dramatically; these two textbooks explore the implications from practical, legal, ethical and philosophical perspectives.
1. Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia (2014) Edited by by Alan Hayes and Daryl Higgins.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies recently released this new collection of essays on family policy and the law to inform government, legal professionals, service providers and the community about changes in these areas in recent years. The book explores a range of topics including trends in family formation; the child protection system; relationship breakdown; family violence and developments in social science and the law. The book includes contributions from 38 Australian authors in four key sections:
* Diverse family formation: Identity, recognition and law
* Legal and statutory responses to families in difficulty
* Relationship breakdown and family policies and practices
* Social science and developments in Australian law relating to families, safety and child wellbeing
The 29 essays occupy 326 pages and the volume is published in an impressive array of formats: pdf, epub, kindle and paper.
2. Families – Beyond the Nuclear Ideal (2012) Edited by Daniela Cutas & Sarah Chan.
In this book, the authors consider a range of relationship and family structures that depart from the nuclear family ideal: polyamory and polygamy, single and polyparenting, parenting by gay and lesbian couples, as well as families created through current and prospective modes of assisted human reproduction such as surrogate motherhood, donor insemination, and reproductive cloning. The arguments that recommend or disqualify each of these as legitimate units in our societies are posed and discussed in 14 chapters:
* The Role of Sexual Partnership in UK Family Law
* The Two-Parent Limitation in ART Parentage Law
* The Best Interest of Children and the Basis of Family Policy
* Donor-conceived Children Raised by Lesbian Couples
* Donor-Conception as a ‘Dangerous Supplement’ to the Nuclear Family
* Choosing Single Motherhood?
* Licensing Parents
* Liberal Feminism and the Ethics of Polygamy
* Distinguishing Polygamy and Polyamory Under the Criminal Law
* Sex and Relationships
* Human Cloning and the Family in the New Millennium
* Moral and Legal Constraints on Human Reproductive Cloning
The 14 chapters occupy 220 pages, and the publishers Bloomsbury Academic have made it freely available to read online.
At first glance, these two books might seem like chalk and cheese, but they complement one-another well. The new Australian book is a comprehensive volume that I can imagine referring to repeatedly during a working week. In contrast, I’ve had Cutas & Chan’s book for some time, and have found myself reading it of an evening, when there’s time to think through the complex ethical and philosophical issues that it raises.
Finally, if you’re looking for free textbooks on families, do remember Sociology of the Family (2010) by Hammond & Cheney, that heads-up my page on Free e-textbooks.
The open-access movement is resulting in more academic journals being available to the public. These three titles illustrate the range that are published about children & families.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health (CAMPH)
is the official journal of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), publishers of the excellent IACAPAP Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
CAMPH is an open access, online journal that provides an international platform for rapid and comprehensive scientific communication on child and adolescent mental health across different cultural backgrounds. About 40 papers are published each year on a continual rolling basis.
Family Matters journal
Family Matters is the research journal of the Australian Institute of Family Studies. It contains the latest Institute research and contributions from Australia’s most respected social scientists, social policy analysts, service provider and research agencies. Two issues of Family Matters are published every year, each containing about eight papers.
International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy (ICEP)
ICEP has been published by the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education (KICCE) since 2007. Two issues are published each year, each containing about five papers. The journal aims to disseminate research findings and major issues of child care and education policy to a broad, international readership, including policymakers, researchers and practitioners.
I shall shortly add these titles to the four existing academic journals on my static page Free e-journals