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Child  Development- 105

Child, Family and Community

Course Description:

This course studies the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school and community with an emphasis on historical, cultural and political factors that influences the process of socialization.  

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students who complete this course will be able to discuss and apply theories of socialization that address the interrelationship of child, family and community.
  • Students who complete this course will be able to explain how educational, political, and socioeconomic factors directly impact the lives of children and families.
  • Students who complete this course will be able to synthesize and analyze research regarding social issues, changes and transitions that affect children, families, schools and communities.
  • Students who complete this course will be able to critique strategies that support and empower families through respectful, reciprocal relationships to involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
  • Students who complete this course will be able to analyze one’s own values, goals and sense of self as related to family history and life experiences, assessing how this impacts relationships with children and families.

Typical Assignments:

  • Discussion Boards
  • Weekly Assignments
  • There are 4 major assignments-
    • Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Model- Self-Study
    • Community Resource Research
    • Observation of Preschool or Elementary School
    • Current Event

Required Textbook:

  • Child, Family and Community Family Centered Early Care and Education
    by Janet Gonzalez-Mena. 6th edition.