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Australian Research

How to Engage Parents – and How to Evaluate that Engagement
A background information and discussion paper for MindMatters “Health Promotion & Evaluation in School Settings” Seminar, Canberra, 27-28 July 2006. By Mrs Jo Lonergan AM, Senior Research Officer, Australian Parents Council & National Director, Families Matter.

Engaging With Parents, Families and Community: The Why and How of Effective and Sustainable Partnerships
A background information and discusssion paper for MindMatters “Health Promotion & Evaluation in School Settings” Seminar, Canberra, 27-28 July 2006. By Rupert Macgregor, Manager, Families Matter

Home, School and Community Partnerships to Support Children’s Numeracy
The federal Department of Education, Science and Training commissioned the University of Queensland to conduct a national research project to explore the links between home, school and community that support students’ numeracy development. Goos, Lincoln, Coco et al for the Numeracy Research and Development Initiative (2004).

Exploring the Dynamics of Effective and Innovative Family-School and Community Partnerships across Australia
A paper to the European Research Network About Parents in Education Conference in Oviedo, Spain on 16 September 2005 by Rupert Macgregor, National Project Manager “Families Matter” Initiative.

Families Matter: Working as Partners
A paper to the Tasmanian Parents & Friends Conference in Launceston on 20 August 2005 by Rupert Macgregor, National Project Manager “Families Matter” Initiative.

Families in Partnership: A Force More Powerful
A paper to the Parents Victoria Conference in Melbourne On 24 August 2005 by Rupert Macgregor, National Project Manager, “Families Matter” Initiative.

Professional Development for Family-School Partnerships: Revaluing Both Sides of the Coin
A discussion paper about the complementary developmental needs of both educators and parents as effective partners.

Why Families Matter!
A paper presented to the SAASSO Conference in Reynella SA on 28 May 2005 by Rupert Macgregor, National Project Manager, “Families Matter” Initiative.

An Analysis Of Parental Engagement In Contemporary Queensland Schooling
This thesis examines an instance of the failure of a parent-led bid for a new local school in Queensland at the end of the last millennium.
This parent-led and school-endorsed initiative failed despite a policy climate that appeared actively to encourage such initiatives from government funded school communities, (2006).

Parents And Schools In Partnership
Parents and teachers have more influence than peers: A University of Sydney study has found that getting on well with parents and teachers has a strong positive influence on adolescents’ academic outcomes – and a bigger influence than getting on with peers.=, (2009). 

Social And Emotional Wellbeing Indicators                                                                                           Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth: Why is there so little nationally and internationally comparable data on the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people? How can Australia begin to benchmark the wellbeing of its own children and young people without such basic information?