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. Number of Instructional Minutes
- 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
Course Learning Goals
- define family and changing family demographics, structures, and parental roles and the importance of parental involvement in education;
- examine the importance of establishing reciprocal relationships between the classroom and the community;
- describe techniques for providing parents with support services, including parent education programs, home visits, home-school contracts, etc.; and
- develop strategies for communicating with families.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- introduction to families today
- teacher-family partnerships in early education
- developing communication with parents/community, including Parent/Teacher conferences, families in the classroom, parent education
- links within the community
- working with families from diverse backgrounds, including understanding diversity, strategies for teachers, cultural conflict
- working with families in particular circumstances, including divorce, special needs, adoption, and child abuse
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsStudents are assessed through in-class exams and written assignments.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Approval/Revision Date: First Offered 10/2011(experimental); Approved 5/2012; New Core 8/2015