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Course Description

Examines cultural influences on child-rearing practices, family values, and human development. Perspectives from social sciences are used to critique and review theoretical and practical implications of oppression and privilege as they apply to families, schools, and communities, including historical and socio-cultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development, and the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes and bias, social and educational access, media and schooling. Also listed as CD 7. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze theories of socialization that address the interrelationship of child, family, and community.
  • Analyze and explain aspects of children’s experience as members of families targeted by social bias considering the significant role of education in reinforcing or contradicting such experiences.
  • Critique theories and review the multiple impacts of educational, political, and socioeconomic factors directly impact the lives of children and families, especially on young children’s social identity.
  • Analyze one’s own values, goals and sense of self as related to family history and life experiences, assessing how this impacts relationships with children and families.
  • Compare and contrast the components of linguistically and culturally relevant, inclusive, age-appropriate, anti-bias approaches in promoting optimum learning and development.
  • Evaluate the impact of personal experiences and social identity on teaching effectiveness.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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