Australian intergenerational families valuing the great outdoors: a tapestry of children's cultural learning through specific parenting practices

Hilary Monk

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Just as a tapestry embodies the weaving of various strands of color, the young child’s cultural development and growth involves complex interlaced lived experiences within their families and communities. This cultural-historical study explored the relations and transitions of family values and beliefs within and between generations in three case study families of European heritage, living in Australia. Data were generated over a period of 10 months through a multiphased iterative process consisting of family dialogues, photographs, and video footage. Participants were children aged 3–6 years, their parents, and their grandparents. Analysis occurred on three levels – common sense, situated practice, and thematic. This chapter presents findings associated with the valued knowledge, understandings, and skills of the families, related to living in and enjoying local natural environments. Children were introduced to specific places and culturally valued activities such as fishing at the local pier, exploring the beach, and camping rough in the outback. Such parenting practices were ways of generating a sense of shared meaning, values, and relations within the family and community. This chapter offers a conceptualization of culturally based parenting practices that occur over and between generations, connecting people, places, and things.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParents and Caregivers Across Cultures
Subtitle of host publicationPositive Development from Infancy Through Adulthood
EditorsBrien K. Ashdown, Amanda N. Faherty
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030355906
ISBN (Print)9783030355890
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Parenting practices
  • Australia
  • Intergenerational family pedagogies
  • Natural environments
  • Cultural-historical theory
  • Children

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