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CFS 415. Foundations of Parent/Family Education

Credits: 3
Department: Child & Family Studies
Description: Introduction to the history, philosophy and program models for parent/family education with emphasis on Early Childhood Family Education in Minnesota. Diverse family systems and needs for parent education. Professional and ethical behavioral outlined.
Semester Offered: Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the historical roots and development of parent education as a field of study.
2. Examine and compare different theoretical approaches to explaining and studying parenting and parent-child relations and assess their own beliefs about these approaches.
3. Analyze the diversity of family structures and lifestyles that form the context for contemporary parenting.
4. Apply quality indicators in assessing the functioning of parent education programs in their communities.
5. Examine the function and limitations of evaluation and its application in parent education.
6. Examine a variety of evidence-based parenting programs and identify the goals and assumptions about parents and children and parenting practices as presented in these programs.
7. Compare the cultural and social class differences reflected in parenting attitudes and behaviors and how these relate to parent education program design.

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