EDUC175 Families, Schools, and Community

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC175 Families, Schools, and Community
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course examines relationships among family, school and community as they relate to education. Early childhood professionals develop techniques for establishing respectful partnerships among parents, schools, caregivers and community agencies while employing effective communication strategies for each unique situation.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. define family and changing family demographics, structures and parental roles and the importance of parental involvement in education;
      2. examine the importance of establishing reciprocal relationships between the classroom and the community;
      3. describe techniques for providing parents with support services including parent education programs, home visits, home-school contracts, etc.; and
      4. develop strategies for communicating with families.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. introduction to families today
    2. teacher-family partnerships in early education
    3. developing communication with parents/community including Parent/Teacher conferences, families in the classroom, parent education
    4. links within the community
    5. working with families from diverse backgrounds including understanding diversity, strategies for teachers, cultural conflict
    6. working with families in particular circumstances including divorce, special needs, adoption, and child abuse
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students are assessed through in-class exams and written assignments.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Approval/Revision Date: First Offered 10/2011(experimental); Approved 5/2012