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Preparing Educators to Engage Families
Case Studies Using an Ecological Systems Framework

Third Edition
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© 2014 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Constant changes in education are creating new and uncertain roles for parents and teachers that must be explored, identified, and negotiated. Preparing Educators to Engage Families: Case Studies Using an Ecological Systems Framework, Third Edition encourages readers to hone their analytic and problem-solving skills for use in real-world situations with students and their families.

Organized according to Ecological Systems Theory (of the micro, meso, exo, macro, and chrono systems), this completely updated Third Edition presents research-based teaching cases that reflect critical dilemmas in family-school-community relations, especially among families for whom poverty and cultural differences are daily realities. The text looks at family engagement issues across the full continuum, from the early years through pre-adolescence.

NEW TO THIS EDITION
  • The text addresses bold and exciting new directions in the field of family engagement in education, including  the explosive growth of digital media and learning, the investment in student performance data systems, the focus on personalized student learning, and the need for systemic—rather than “random acts”—of family engagement.
  • New theoretical perspectives on early childhood education and family engagement speak to issues of quality learning settings and school readiness.
Deborah Stipek
Microsystem Theory: Motivation to Learn
Penny Hauser-Cram, Marji Erickson Warfield, Jack P. Shonkoff, Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, Aline Sayer, Carole Christofk Upshur, Miriam Grill-Abramowitz Heyman
Microsystem Theory:A Developmental-Contextual Perspective
Georganne Morin, Holly Kreider
Microsystem Case: Supporting Ignacio: A Mother Discovers How to Help Her Son Succeed
Margaret A. Vaughan
Microsystem Case: A Special Education Plan for Anabela: Does Supporting Her Needs Mean Holding Her Back?
Phyllis Blumenfeld
Microsystem Case: My Favorite Subject Is Lunch
Pamela Davis-Kean, Jacquelynne S. Eccles
Mesosytem Theory: Social Executive Functioning
M. Elena Lopez, Heather B. Weiss
Mesosystem Theory: The Family, School and Community Relationship
Barrie Thorne
Mesosystem Case: Lunchtime at Sunnydale Elementary School: What Do First Graders Need?
Margaret Caspe, Holly Kreider
Mesosystem Case: Defining “Fine”: Communicating Academic Progress to Parents
Margaret Caspe
Mesosystem Case: Bilingual Voices and Parent Classroom Choice: Family Engagement in Language and Literacy
Lori Takeuchi
Exosystem Theory: Media in the Lives of Families With Young Children
Julia R. Henly
Exosystem Theory: The Accommodation Model
Lori Takeuchi
Exosystem Case: Connections and Misconnections: Digital Media in Family Life and at School
Ellen Mayer
Exosystem Case: After School for Cindy: Family, School, and Community Roles in Out-of-School Time
Jennifer Romich, Jennifer Simmelink
Exosystem Case: Piecing It Together: Linking Systems to Support a Student and Family
Eric Dearing, Sandra Tang
Macrosystem Theory: The Promise of Parent-School Partnerships for Narrowing the Poverty Achievement Gap
Cynthia Garcia Coll, Celina Chatman-Nelson
Macrosystem Theory: Ethnic and Racial Diversity
Ann Barger Hannum
Macrosystem Case: What Words Don’t Say: Talking About Racism
Eboni C. Howard
Macrosystem Case: Raising Children Alone: Poverty, Welfare Reform, and Family Involvement
Cynthia Garcia Coll
Macrosystem Case: Learning in the Shadow of Violence: Community, Culture, and Family Engagement
Suzanne M. Bouffard, Heather B. Weiss
Chronosystem Theory: Families, Time, and Learning
Margaret Caspe
Chronosystem Case: Bridging Worlds: Family Engagement in the Transition to Kindergarten
Ellen Mayer
Chronosystem Case: Tomasito Is Too Big to Hold Hands: The Developing Child and the Home-School Relationship
Catherine R. Cooper, Elizabeth Dominguez, Margarita Azmitia, Erica Holt, Dolores Mena, Gabriela Chavira
Chronosystem Case: Staying on the Path Toward College: One Boy at the Crossroads

"The text is very organized, easy to follow, and provides some good, thought-provoking questions. Preparing Educators to Engage Families is a great resource for pre- and in-service teachers. The case studies use ecological systems frameworks to promote family engagement in all educational contexts."

Melissa A. Geiselhofer
Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff

"I am really impressed by the cases and ease of this text."

Ginger Harris-Pike
Central Carolina Community College

This textbook was selected based on its high quality content and because its structure is consistent with the program's instructional goals and conceptual framework.

Dr Emma Cody-Mitchell
Teacher Education Dept, Carson-Newman College
December 29, 2014

This textbook was selected based on its high quality content and because its structure is consistent with the program's instructional goals and conceptual framework.

Dr Emma Cody-Mitchell
Teacher Education Dept, Carson-Newman College
December 29, 2014

Using as a supplement but does not work as a course text

Margaret Ferrara
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University Of Nevada-Reno
May 11, 2014

great fit for course. Ecological framework in particular an excellent match.

David Shriberg
Psychology Dept, Loyola University-Watertower
December 21, 2013
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION

  • The text addresses bold and exciting new directions in the field of family engagement in education, including  the explosive growth of digital media and learning, the investment in student performance data systems, the focus on personalized student learning, and the need for systemic—rather than “random acts”—of family engagement.
  • New theoretical perspectives on early childhood education and family engagement speak to issues of quality learning settings and school readiness.

KEY FEATURES

  • Research-based teaching cases and theoretical perspectives help educators connect theory and research to practice in family engagement, honing problem-solving skills for real-world dilemmas of practice.
  • The overarching social ecological systems framework increases understanding of the multiple contexts of children’s lives and how families, schools, and communities can best support child development.
  • Original research with families and schools provides valuable perspectives and skills for engaging families who have, in many instances, been underserved by our educational system.
  • All cases in the text are based on work conducted by the Harvard Family Research Project; the contributing authors are the top researchers in this area.
  • Each section begins with one or two theoretical perspectives and ends with two or three illustrative cases.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 5

Chapter 9


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