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1st Edition

International Family Studies
Developing Curricula and Teaching Tools

ISBN 9780789029249
Published June 8, 2006 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Make your marriage and family programs more relevant by making them cross-culturally sensitive

International Family Studies: Developing Curricula and Teaching Tools offers a collection of innovative ideas and resources for educators who wish to enhance the international content of their human development and family science curriculum. Contributors share their experiences of transforming department commitments, modifying existing and/or creating new courses, developing stimulating exercises and projects, capitalizing on existing faculty development programs to enhance educators’ own international understanding, partnering with universities overseas, and utilizing existing institutional structures to incorporate international study-abroad opportunities and internships for students. The book presents teaching tools and techniques, specific resources, and theoretical models for use in family studies, human development, and social science programs.

International Family Studies: Developing Curricula and Teaching Tools promotes cross-cultural competence and global understanding—essential ingredients for the success of future family professionals. The book is devoted to fostering knowledge and skills critical for breaking down barriers and expanding cultural knowledge in an effort to better prepare students to work with ethnically and culturally diverse families.

International Family Studies: Developing Curricula and Teaching Tools examines:

  • planning, implementing, and evaluating an innovative diversity curriculum
  • knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse families
  • teaching techniques that can be incorporated in the classroom to enhance greater cultural understanding
  • the use of student group presentations, technology, and books projects to teach about culturally diverse families
  • issues of cultural competence, cultural sensitivity, and respect for diversity
  • experiential opportunities abroad for students and faculty
  • and much more
International Family Studies: Developing Curricula and Teaching Tools is an essential resource for educators training the next generation of family professionals.

Table of Contents

  • About the Editor
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Internationalizing Family Science Programs: A Spherical Expansion of Inclusive Perspectives (Shi-Ruei Sherry Fang, Teresa McDowell, and Christina Holland)
  • Educational Institutions and Family Studies Programs
  • Faculty Engagement and Development
  • Case Example: Developing Faculty Multicultural Competence
  • Research
  • Teaching Practices and Curriculum
  • Case Example: Discovering International Influences
  • Student Body
  • Case Example: Dialogue Group
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2. Cultural Lessons in Sexuality: Comparison of Parent-Child Communication Styles in Three Cultures (Carol Anderson Darling and Stacy N. Howard)
  • Costa Rica
  • Finland
  • United States
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Research Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Chapter 3. How Big Is the Penguin?: Designing and Teaching a Course in Comparative Family Policy (Steven K. Wisensale)
  • The Academic Setting
  • Objectives and Course Content
  • Classroom Exercises
  • The Selection and Use of Learning Materials
  • Course Projects
  • Grading and Evaluating Students
  • Measuring Pedagogical Effectiveness
  • Suggestions and Guidelines
  • Chapter 4. Breaking Down Cultural Barriers: An Evaluation of Cultural Competence Training for Family, Youth, and Community Science Educators (Lisa A. Guion and Lamont A. Flowers)
  • Background
  • Cultural Competence
  • Building Cultural Competence
  • Training Evaluation Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. The Cultural Transformation Model: Promoting Cultural Competence Through International Study Experiences (Sylvia M. Asay, Maha N. Younes, and Tami James Moore)
  • Research Strategy
  • The Cultural Transformation Model: Phases I-V
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Global Ecology Instructional Model: An Application for the Study of Families in an International Context (Mozhdeh B. Bruss, Barbara J. Frazier, and Eileen Buckley)
  • Background
  • Purpose
  • Context
  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Learning Objectives
  • Learning Activities
  • Critical Elements of the GEI Model
  • Model Outcomes
  • Chapter 7. The Fulbright Programs Model for Teaching and Learning About International Families (Maria E. Canabal)
  • Fulbright Scholar Program
  • Fulbright Educational Partnership Program
  • Discussion and Recommendations
  • Appendix: Participants’ Report
  • Chapter 8. Teaching Family Sciences in Ecuador (Paul L. Schvaneveldt and Bron Ingoldsby)
  • Case Example: Casa Grande
  • Human Ecology
  • The Curriculum
  • Discussion
  • Chapter 9. Teaching About Ethnic Families Using Student Group Presentations (Sylvia Niehuis)
  • Purpose, Objectives, and Rationale
  • Procedure
  • The Teaching Strategy’s Effectiveness
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 10. Affirmation Book Project: Impacting Diversity, Literacy, and Collaboration (Melinda K. Swafford, Rebekah A. Thomas, and Sue Bailey)
  • Purpose, Objectives, and Rationale
  • Procedure
  • Assessing Effectiveness
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 11. Creating an Electronic Portfolio to Integrate Multiculturism in Teaching Family Economics (Anita M. Subramaniam)
  • Purpose, Objectives, and Rationale
  • Procedure
  • Examples
  • Assessing Student Performance
  • Chapter 12. Communicating Across Preferences: A Comparative Family Systems Example (Ann Creighton-Zollar)
  • Purpose, Objectives, and Ratio

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