Family Life Education: Principles and Practices for Effective Outreach / Edition 1

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Family Life Education: Principles and Practices for Effective Outreach is an excellent book for helping students and field professionals develop the knowledge and skills needed to take family science principles to citizens via family life education programs. Authors Stephen F. Duncan and H. Wallace Goddard incorporate leading outreach scholarship with years of professional experience to provide a scholarly, yet practical, guide for current and future family life outreach professionals.

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Editorial Reviews

Charles A. Smith

"A big strength is the authors. . . .they are two excellent family life educators with a great depth of experience in this area."

Brent A. McBride

"Excellent for use by university instructors teaching family life education and program development courses. The book's strength is the focus on bridging theory and research with actual practice, something much needed in the family life education field. This is a good book for both university instructors as well as practitioners working with family life education programs."

Karen DeBord

This book will make a valuable contribution to teaching faculty in Family Life Education."

Karen De Bord

This book will make a valuable contribution to teaching faculty in Family Life Education. "

Brent A. Mc Bride

"Excellent for use by university instructors teaching family life education and program development courses. The book's strength is the focus on bridging theory and research with actual practice, something much needed in the family life education field. This is a good book for both university instructors as well as practitioners working with family life education programs. "

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761927693
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/2/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen F. Duncan is a professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. He received a Masters degree in Family Sciences (Family Life Education emphasis) from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Family Studies from Purdue University. He has authored or coauthored numerous outreach publications for lay audiences and professionals, written hundreds of articles for newspaper columns, been interviewed numerous times for television, radio, and magazine outlets, and directed nationally recognized outreach family life education programs. He served as an Extension Family Life Specialist at Auburn University in Alabama for 5 years and held a similar position at Montana State University for over 7 years. At BYU he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in family life education, conducts research geared to improve the practice of family life education, and directs outreach projects for the School. He was content director for Real Families, Real Answers, a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award-nominated documentary series appearing on public television channels nationwide. He has certification as a Family Life Educator.

Dr. Duncan has actively contributed to the scholarship of family life education, authoring numerous articles on outreach programs and evaluation, many of which have appeared in leading family life education/outreach outlets. He serves or has served on several editorial boards, including Marriage and Families, the Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERNet), Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, and Family Relations, widely recognized as the world’s leading applied family research/practitioner journal.

H. Wallace (Wally) Goddard is a Family Life Specialist at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. He served as an Extension Family and Child Development Specialist at Auburn University for over 6 years, during which time he developed Principles of Parenting, a broad parenting program that has been adopted by several states, and The Great Self Mystery, a youth identity program that has been adopted by national organizations. He was also one of four scholars invited to develop the National Extension Parent Education Model, which is the base document for all extension parent education. He writes monthly columns for several Web magazines on various family subjects and has authored general audience family books.

In addition to work in Extension, he also provided content expertise to Stephen R. Covey when he wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. Experience in both university and business settings has provided a wealth of background in family life education. He also has graduate training in instructional psychology and certification as a Family Life Educator.

Since accepting a position with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, he has developed extensive Web-based parent education and has been involved with the national team that is developing national standards for parenting educators. He is also involved in the development of a model and national curriculum for couples’ education. He has served as chair of the Education and Enrichment section of the National Council on Family Relations, the premier family professional organization in the world, and is a NCFR Fellow. He currently serves on the editorial board for the Children, Youth and book Review Editor for Family Relations. He has taught graduate courses on family life education.

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Table of Contents

1. Foundations and Philosophies of Outreach Family Life Education
Defining Outreach Family Life Education
A Brief History of Outreach Family Life Education
Evolution in the Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge about Families
Varied Approaches or ARoles@ in Family Life Education
Developing a Working Philosophy for Outreach Family Life Education
2. Designing Comprehensive Prevention Programs in Outreach Family Life Education
The Science and Profession of Prevention
Two Related Prevention Education Models
A Comprehensive Model for the Design of Family Life Prevention Programs
3. Elements of Quality Family Life Education Resources and Programs
The Need for Standards of Quality for FLE Resources
Elements of Quality FLE Resources
Application of Assessment to Existing FLE Resources
Characteristics of Strong, Sustainable Family Life Education Programs
4. Principles of Program Evaluation
Evaluation as Friend and Foe: Stereotypes and Opportunities
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
5. Designing Effective Instruction
Component Display Theory
First Principles of Instruction
6. Engaging an Audience
The Art of Teaching
What Changes People? Challenging Ideas from Personality Theories
Relationships as the Basis for Helping
Practical Applications
7. Teaching in Outreach Family Life Education: Mechanics and Methods
Criteria for Selecting Useful and Valid Information
Deciding How to Teach
Select Methods for Outreach Family Life Education
8. Working with the Media in Family Life Education
Mass Media and Outreach Family Life Education
Understanding the Media: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes
Working with the Media: Playing on the Same Team
Writing Guidelines
Media Interviews
9. Writing for the Lay Audience
Purposes of Written Material
Tips on Writing
Examples of Effective Writing
10. Family Life Education on the Technological Frontier
The Technological Landscape
Developing Online Programs for Family Life Education
11. Working with Diverse Audiences
Sensitizing to Differences
Diversity of Learning Styles
Ethnicity and Values
Skilled Dialogue
Group FLE Examples
Programming for Diversity
12. 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
Examples of Effective Family Life Education Collaborations
13. Marketing Family Life Principles, Practices, and Programs
The Social Marketing Mix
Crafting Marketing Messages to Foster Change
14. 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
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