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Elbenwood Center for the Study of the Family as Educator

The Elbenwood Center for the Study of the Family as Educator pursues various lines of systematic research and inquiry that bring the behavioral sciences to bear in illuminating the educational functions of the family and the relationships between the family and other educative institutions: schools, health and social service agencies, religious institutions, museums, libraries, the media. The Center's activities include research, conferences, symposia, seminars, and workshops. Current and recent topics considered at the Elbenwood Center include: social networks and educative styles of teenagers, the mediation of television by the family and television in cross-cultural perspective, family contexts of literacy, families and museums, family memories, multigenerational education, grandparents as educators, immigration, migration and family education. Faculty and students who participate in the Center come from various departments at Teachers College and elsewhere in Columbia University. The Center also maintains liaisons with other institutions through its projects and visiting scholars. Opportunities for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research are available. An initial statement of the research agenda of the Elbenwood Center is set forth in the following volumes: The Family as Educator. Hope Jensen Leichter, (Ed.). New York: Teachers College Press, 1974. Families and Communities as Educators. Hope Jensen Leichter, (Ed.). New York: Teachers College Press, 1979.

Contact: Hope Jensen Leichter
E-mail: leichter@exchange.tc.columbia.edu