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Family Life Education
Principles and Practices for Effective Outreach

Third Edition


May 2016 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A practical how-to guide to developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining effective family life education programs.

Drawing on the best scholarship and their own years of professional experience, the authors of this thoroughly updated Third Edition begin by discussing the foundations of family life education and encourage readers to develop their own outreach philosophies. The book then helps readers learn principles and methods for reaching out to the public and how to form and use community collaborations and use principles of social marketing to promote programs.

 
Foundations of Family Life Education
 
Chapter 1: Historical and Philosophical Perpectives
Defining Family Life Education

 
A Brief History of Outreach Family Life Education

 
Evolution in the Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge about Families

 
Varied Approaches or Roles in Family Life Education

 
Developing a Working Philosophy for Outreach Family Life Education

 
 
Development of Family Life Education Programs
 
Chapter 2: Designing Comprehensive Family Life Education Prevention Programs
The Science and Profession of Prevention

 
Prevention Education Models in FLE

 
A Comprehensive Model for the Design of Family Life Prevention Programs

 
Assessing Elements of Program Quality in Existing Programs

 
Characteristics of Strong, Sustainable Family Life Education Programs

 
 
Chapter 3: Principles of Program Evaluation
Evaluation as Friend and Foe: Stereotypes and Opportunities

 
Establishing the Target: Vision and Goals

 
Developing a Vision

 
Getting Specific: Program Goals and Objectives

 
An Example of an Evaluation Framework in Parenting

 
Defining the Kind of Information Needed: The Evaluation Questions

 
The Logic Model Approach to Evaluation

 
Innovations in Evaluation

 
Using Evaluation Data

 
 
Implementing Family Education Programs
 
Chapter 4: Designing Effective Instruction
Component Display Theory

 
First Principles of Instruction

 
 
Chapter 5: Engaging an Audience
The Art of Teaching

 
What Changes People? Challenging Ideas from Personality Theories

 
Relationships as the Basis for Helping

 
Practical Applications

 
 
Chapter 6: Teaching Skills and Tools in Family Life Education
Select Methods for Family Life Education

 
 
Chapter 7: Working with Diverse Audiences
Sensitizing to Differences

 
Diversity of Learning Styles

 
Ethnicity and Values

 
Skilled Dialogue

 
Group FLE Examples

 
Programming for Diversity

 
 
Content and Contexts for FLE Programs
 
Chapter 8: Education for Personal Well-Being: Flourishing People Make Better Family Members
Models of Well-Being

 
The Practical Messages of Positive Psychology

 
Educational Frameworks

 
 
Chapter 9: Marriage and Relationship Education
Early Beginnings of Marriage and Relationship Education

 
Current Theoretical and Empirical Foundations and Models for Practice

 
Examples of the Three Emphases: Foundational Processes for Enduring Marriages

 
Educational Frameworks

 
Programs and Approaches

 
Effectiveness of Marriage and Relationship Education

 
Extension Service Programs and Results

 
Creating Your Own Marriage and Relationship Education Program

 
Challenges for the Future and Future Directions

 
 
Chapter 10: Parenting Education
History and Current State of Parenting Education

 
Understanding Effective Parenting

 
Understanding Effective Parenting Education

 
Theoretical Models of Parenting Education

 
Qualities and Competencies of an Effective Parent Educator

 
Effective Delivery Formats

 
Populations Served By Parenting Education

 
Effectiveness of Parenting Programs

 
Evaluating Parenting Education Resources and Curricula

 
Conclusion and Future Challenges

 
 
Chapter 11: Sexuality Education
Sexuality Education Historical Overview

 
Why Is Sexuality Education Important?

 
Contemporary Theoretic al Perspectives Used in Programming

 
Sexuality Education Programs

 
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

 
Youth Development Programs

 
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

 
Parent-Based Sexuality Education

 
Best Practices in Sexuality Education

 
 
Chapter 12: Family Life Education on the Technological Frontier
The Technological Landscape

 
Assessing the Credibility of Online Programs for Family Life Education

 
Developing Online Programs for Family Life Education

 
 
Chapter 13: Working with the Media in Family Life Education
Mass Media and Outreach Family Life Education

 
Understanding Traditional Media: Walk a Mile in its Shoes

 
Working with Traditional Media: Playing on the Same Team

 
Writing Guidelines

 
Media Interviews

 
Using Social Media in FLE

 
 
Chapter 14: Writing for the Lay Audience
Purposes of Written Material

 
Tips on Writing

 
Examples of Effective Writing

 
 
Chapter 15: Creating Effective Collaborative Partnerships
Defining the Collaborative Process

 
Advantages of Collaboration

 
Challenges to Collaboration

 
A Community Linkages Framework

 
Assessing the Effectiveness of Your Collaboration

 
Getting Started: Steps for Creating Effective Collaborative Partnerships

 
An Example of an Effective Family Life Education Collaboration

 
 
Chapter 16: Marketing Family Life Principles, Practices, and Programs
The Social Marketing Mix

 
Crafting Marketing Messages to Foster Change

 
 
Chapter 17: Narratives of Family Life Educators
Where Do Family Life Educators Work? Venues, Settings, & Profiles

 
Profiles

 
Pathways into the Profession of FLE - The Authors

 
 
Chapter 18: Helping Others Find Their Place in Family Life Education
Great FLE Mentors We Have Known

 
Scholarship on Mentoring: The Science and the Art

 
Helping FLEs Along Their Journey

 
Voices from the Field: What Some FLEs are Doing as Mentors

 
What Departments and Others Can Do

 
 
Chapter 19: Improving the Practice of Family Life Education
Professionalization of Family Life Education

 
Program Rigor

 
Program Effectiveness

 
Marketing of FLE Principles, Practices, and Programs

 
Reaching Diverse, Underserved Audiences

 

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

Word Test Bank

This Word test bank offers a diverse set of test questions and answers for each chapter of the book. Multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for every chapter help instructors assess students’ progress and understanding.

PowerPoint

For instructors who like to use Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations to guide their course sessions, this site includes a presentation for each chapter. Each presentation guides users through each chapter, highlighting key concepts and terms.

“Duncan and Goddard provide an in-depth coverage of the essentials needed by the educator who seeks to provide learning experiences that are responsive to the need of those who see to plan and evaluate outreach education programs. Educators are guided from conceptualization and planning strategies, to implementation strategies, to evaluation and revision strategies for outreach efforts.”

Janis L. Henderson
Texas Tech University
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • Completely updated and revised to reflect current best practices and existing knowledge in outreach family life education (FLE).
  • A new chapter on mentoring–offers budding and experienced family life educators helpful advice for finding their place in the field of family life education.
  • Subject matter chapters have been thoroughly updated with new information on marriage and relationship education, parenting education, sexuality education, and education to help individuals flourish.
  • An updated Narratives of Family Life Educators chapter–provides across time, real-life accounts from the previous edition’s educators to convey the experiences, rewards, and challenges of doing family life education.
  • Updates on media use in FLE–includes a larger emphasis on using social media.
  • A focus on the art of FLE, or getting our hearts right, as a principle for engaging learners.
  • The text includes a new and substantial collection of media ideas for teaching family life education concepts.
  • Historical perspectives have been updated to reflect the increased variability of FLE methods, including family coaching.
KEY FEATURES:
  • The authors' practical, hands-on experience is used to demonstrate how readers can put principles from the latest and best scholarship into action.
  • Interactive Explorations sections include real-world questions and activities that give students practice in applying principles.
  • Conclusions sections at the end of each chapter summarize key points so readers can review the material they just read.

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Chapter 1


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