CDEC 1303
Families, School, and Community

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: Study of the child, family, community, and schools. Includes parent education and involvement, family and community lifestyles, child abuse, and current family issues. Course content is aligned with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Standards. Requires students to participate in a minimum of 16 hours of field experience with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse population.
    2. Required Prerequisite: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Analyze parenting styles and techniques
    2. Identify interrelated issues between families and communities
    3. Examine characteristics of diverse cultures and lifestyles
    4. Proactive ways to communicate and interact with parents and families
    5. Identify signs of abuse and neglect
    6. Choose strategies and resources for supporting children and families in abusive and neglectful situations
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The final exam must be proctored. (ask your instructor for more details)
    2. Students will NOT be allowed to use their book and notes for the final exam
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Assignments         50%
    2. Attendance           20%
    3. Field Experience 20%
    4. Final                       10%
  5. Information on Books
    1. Required Book: Home, School, & Community Relations, 8th Edition Cengage Learning
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam Schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal Information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Student with disabilities
  7. Course Content
Chapter 1

A Day with Two Families: Diversity of Experience

Case Study: The Lawrence Family
Case Study: The Ashley Family
Implications for Teachers
The Importance of Understanding Diversity in Classrooms

Chapter 2

Families Today

What Defines A Family
“Ideal” Family Images
Samples of Diverse Family Structures
Demographics of Modern Families
Changes in Role Behavior
Family Size Decreasing
Child-Centered Society
Stress in Modern Living

Chapter 3


Role Parents Play
Parenthood as an Emotional Experience

Chapter 4

What is Family Involvement

Perspectives on Family Involvement
A Brief History of Family Involvement
Motives for Family Involvement
Research on Child Development as Motivation to Include Parents
Mandated Parent Involvement
Community Concern for Family Support

Chapter 5

Benefits and Barriers in Teacher-Family Partnerships

Benefits for Children when Teachers and Parents Work Together
Benefits for Parents Welcomed into Partnerships
Differences between Teaching and Parenting
The Issue of Trust
Differences in Enterprise
Emotional Responses
Barriers caused by External Factors

Chapter 6

Foundations of a Successful Partnership

Teacher Ideas and Attitudes
External Factors for Successful Partnerships
Family Resource Center: Fort Myers, Florida

Chapter 7

Good Beginnings with Parents and Children

Establishing a Relationship before School Entrance
Dealing with Separation Experiences

Chapter 8

Informal Communication with Families

Communication Methods

Chapter 9

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Importance of Regular Conferences
Groundwork for a Successful Conference
Strategies for a Successful Conference
Pitfalls to Avoid for a Successful Conference
Difficult Conferences
Conference Evaluations

Chapter 10

Families in the Classroom

Advantages and Potential Problems
Getting Families Involved
Encourage Parent Observations
Parents as Classroom Resources
The Teacher’s Role in Supporting Families in the Classroom

Chapter 11

Parent Education

Understanding Parent Education
Considerations and Assumptions for Planning Education Programs
Implementing Parent Education Programs

Chapter 12

It Takes a Village: Teachers, Families, and Communities

Corporate Involvement
Legislative Initiatives
Linkages within the Community
The Role of Advocate
Community as an Educational Resource

Chapter 13

Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds

A Rationale for Teacher Attention to Diversity
Strategies for Teachers
Resolving Cultural Conflict
Common Cultural Issues that Arise in Classrooms




Last Modified: August 29, 2016