CCFCP's sponsorship of numerous projects has given it prominence in the field of outreach scholarship, an innovative approach to education that stresses collaboration between academia and community. Its other new endeavors, says Brennan Professor of Education Richard Lerner, the center's director, promise to increase its profile.
Last month saw the inaugural issue of Applied Developmental Science , a quarterly journal which Lerner, now its lead editor, was instrumental in founding. Lerner also will serve as editor for a forthcoming book series titled The Boston College Series on Child, Family and Community Partnerships , to be issued by Sage Publications.
The journal and book series, like the center that inspired them, are devoted to the study of partnerships between faculty, community residents and businesses in devising new approaches to education, Lerner said. Their establishment testifies to the "enormous amount of progress" CCFCP has made in its six months of existence, he said.
"We've positioned ourselves, with these two publications, to be seen as the premier research center in the nation for outreach scholarship for kids and families," Lerner said. "The work that we're doing here is at the cutting edge of both developmental research about human development and the sort of scholarship called for by people interested in reform in higher education."
The forthcoming book series, along with Lerner's role in Applied Developmental Science , offer an opportunity for the center to contribute in other ways, according to two professionals in the academic publishing field.
Sage Publications Senior Acquisitions Editor Margaret Zusky said the book series, expected to begin in 1998, will represent a new direction in studies on the state of the family.
"The idea is to look at is how the family is part of the larger culture," Zusky said. "What's significant about the series is it's a very positive, 'can-do' approach to family, as opposed to what has been going on the past 25 years, with focus on the disintegrating family."
Lerner said plans call for the series to release five titles a year, and that the center hopes to attract contributors from the University as well as scholars around the world.
Robert Kidd, editorial vice president at Mahwah, NJ-based Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc., credits Lerner as "the driving force" behind the journal, which Erlbaum publishes. The journal emphasizes research exploring human development in adolescence, early adulthood and old age, as placed in a cultural, social and physical context.
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