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ECD 211 - Family Systems

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course provides a study of family relations in our society. Emphasis is on family values and expectations, as well as other social issues and how they influence the growth and development of the child. Included are issues of professionalism in dealing with diverse families, poverty, families in crisis, divorce, working parents, single parenting, ethnic, cultural and lifestyle differences, illness and death and the role of siblings and other relatives.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify key components of family relations and interactions.
  2. Describe perspectives of professional intervention and change.
  3. Explain ways in which family interactions influence and affect the child.
  4. Analyze demographics and statistics of modern family units.
  5. Describe the impact of different family values and morals on the development of children.
  6. Identify local, regional and national community resources for family support.
  7. Examine personal and cultural biases and differences that affect one’s ability to work effectively with children, families and other professionals.
  8. Construct a NAEYC standards-based educational portfolio and appropriate artifacts.
Listed Topics
  1. Family relations and dynamics
  2. Family characteristics and cultural background
  3. Family functions and values
  4. Influence of families, culture and communities on the development of young children
  5. Parenting styles
  6. Socioeconomic status and geographic location
  7. Families in crisis
  8. Confidentiality and professionalism
  9. Communication techniques: Conflict management/resolution and problem solving
  10. Working with children and families to positively influence children’s development and learning
  11. Community resources and family support
Reference Materials
Standard text and multimedia materials.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
  • Information Literacy
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 03/20/2020

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