This course is an examination of the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school and community and emphasizing historical and socio-cultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development will be highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Influences on growth and development including media, social class, gender, sexual orientation, racial/ethnic groups and their relationship to family behavior will be studied. Students will identify and evaluate personal family dynamics and consequences. Students may receive credit for ECE 314 or SOC 312, but not both.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- analyze theories of socialization that address the interrelationship of child, family and community.
- critically assess how educational, political and socioeconomic factors directly impact the lives of children and families.
- synthesize and analyze research regarding social issues, changes and transitions that affect children, families, schools and communities.
- critique strategies that support and empower families through respectful, reciprocal relationships to involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
- analyze his or her own values, goals and sense of self as related to family history and life experiences, assessing how this impacts relationships with children and families.
- recognize and compare the influence of diverse populations on the socialization of children.
- review public policy as it relates to the well-being of children and families.