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SOC 350: Children, School and the Community

Course Description

This course will focus on theories for partnering families and communities with schools, and how to put them into practice for children from birth to age eight. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Define three major theories for partnering families and communities with schools.
  2. Identify an early childhood collaboaration.
  3. Identify family and community characteristics.
  4. Describe the role of the family in Early Childhood Education.
  5. Discuss the stresses that affect families and how Early Childhood Educators can help families cope with the stress.
  6. Describe family structure and function in today’s society.
  7. Define and discuss empowerment.
  8. Discuss ways to involve families and communities in their child development and learning.
  9. Link children’s language and culture to early childhood program.
  10. Collaborate and consult with other professionals within the school and community, families, adults, and agencies to support children’s development, learning and well - being.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussion Board

32%

Written Assignments

32%

Final Paper

36%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478)

  • Couchenour, Donna and Kent Chrisman. Families, Schools, and Communities: Together for Young Children. 5th ed. Wadsworth, 2014. ISBN-10: 1-133-93894-9 or ISBN-13: 978-1-133-93894-1
  • Hornby. Parental Involvement in Childhood Education. Springer, 2011. ISBN-10: 1-4419-8378-3 or ISBN-13: 978-1-4419-8378-7
    Note: This is a print on demand book. Order as soon as possible to ensure the book arrives by the start of the course.

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1, 4, 8

Topic: A Theory-Based Approach to Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education and Understanding Family Diversity
  • Families, Schools, and Communities: Chapters 1 & 2
  • Parental Involvement in Childhood Education: Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete written assignments

2

3

Topic: Developmental Issues in Families with Young Children
  • Families, Schools, and Communities: Chapter 3
  • Parental Involvement in Childhood Education: Chapter 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete written assignments

3

7

Topic: Family Strengths, Family Functions and Family Structure
  • Families, Schools, and Communities: Chapter 4
  • Parental Involvement in Childhood Education: Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete written assignments

4

2, 10

Topic: Early Childhood Educators in the Community
  • Families, Schools, and Communities: Chapter 11
  • Parental Involvement in Childhood Education: Chapter 4
  • Review assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete written assignments

5

6

Topic: Parenting
  • Families, Schools, and Communities: Chapter 5
  • Parental Involvement in Childhood Education: Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete written assignments

6

5, 10

Topic: Family Stress
  • Families, Schools, and Communities: Chapter 6
  • Parental Involvement in Childhood Education: Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete written assignments

7

7, 8, 9

Topic: Parent Education and Family Life Education
  • Families, Schools, and Communities: Chapters 9 & 10
  • Parental Involvement in Childhood Education: Chapter 7
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete written assignments

8

7, 8

Topic: A Family-Based Philosophy in Early Childhood Education
  • Families, Schools, and Communities: Chapters 7 & 8
  • Parental Involvement in Childhood Education: Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete written assignments
  • Submit Final Paper

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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