A. Demonstrate knowledge about the child as developing within a system and influenced by numerous factors of socialization.
B. Discuss theories about the role of family, school and community in the process of socialization.
C. Examine the role of family in the process of socialization.
D. Compare and contrast diverse family structures, parenting styles, culture, tradition and values and their impact upon children and youth.
E. Examine the impact of change and transitions upon children and family dynamics.
F. Examine the role of childcare and schooling in the process of socialization.
G. Explain and interpret the impact of socioeconomic factors on children and families, particularly in the area of work, childcare, single parent families, health poverty.
H. Define and examine a variety of contemporary issues that influence family functioning and develop appropriate strategies to assist families experiencing stress.
I. Investigate and explain the effects of age, gender, diverse abilities, language and culture, racial identity and ethnicity, socio-economic status, institutions, the media, and public policy on children and families.
J. Identify stereotypes and assumptions that affect attitudes and actions within the family, the culture and the professional community.
K. Identify early childhood practices that support all children and families.
L. Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze risk factors and/or problems and recommend appropriate community resources.
Detailed Topical Outline
A. Major current and historical theoretical frameworks of socialization
B. Interrelatedness of family, school and community as agents of socialization
C. The role of family: values, traditions, modes of interaction, rules, conventions, responsibilities, change, transitions and family dynamics
D. Diverse family structures, parenting styles and values
E. Teachers’ and caregivers’ influences on children and families
F. Identify community agencies, referral systems, procedures and availability of specialized services and support for families and children
G. Factors contributing to resiliency in children and family history on relationships with children and families
H. The influence of adults’ personal experience and family history on relationships with children and families
I. The role of group childcare and early schooling
J. The teacher’s role in researching the needs and family contexts of dual language learners, in particular
K. Challenges and benefits of child development practices that support children and families; creating partnerships, sharing knowledge and expertise, two-way communication, sharing power and decision-making, acknowledging and respecting diversity, and creating networks of support
L. Socioeconomic factors that impact children and families: work, childcare, single parent families, same sex parents, poverty, incarceration, health, etc.
M. Contemporary issues and their effect on children and families
N. Stereotypes, biases, and assumptions and their effect upon the family, the culture and the professional community
O. Appropriate and effective communication strategies for working with diverse and special needs populations
P. At risk children and families and related community resources
Q. Advocacy strategies to influence public policy on behalf of children and families
R. Legal requirements and ethical responsibilities of professionals working with children and families