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Families, Schools, and Communities, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition

By Chandler H. Barbour, Nita H. Barbour, Patricia Scully

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 24, 2010

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This fifth edition of Families, Schools, and Communities:  Building Partnerships for Educating Children provides teachers and teacher candidates with a comprehensive guide to establishing collaboration with parents and the larger community.  This text will help future teachers develop the understanding and tools they need to work with others to give children a better education.  The underlying message of this book is that all persons involved in early childhood education or child advocacy should join hands in promoting the highest quality of education for young children in America.


Features include:

  • Chapter Objectives, Summaries and Questions
  • Vignettes - real life stories/events that clarify the concepts throughout the chapters.
  • Reflections - these reflections ask the reader to pause and connect some particular content to their own life experiences.
  • Implications for Teachers - new feature that provides connections between the ideas in the text and real life application in classrooms and schools.
  • Bibliography of Children's Literature


    New to This Edition:

    The authors have added features and rearranged the topics to give this text better coherence and greater usability.  Readers will find we have updated references and resources throughout but have streamlined the research citations to provide for smoother reading.  We removed the chapter on school curriculum but included suitable parts of that in other chapters.  We have renamed some chapters to reflect changes in content, and we have grouped References by each chapter.

    • New Figures and Tables throughout the chapters update data on demographics of American families and communities.
    • New vignettes and illustrations to help readers understand the uniqueness of family life and the diversity in our country.
    • "Implications for Teachers:..." featured in each chapter give readers practical suggestions for trying out the ideas in the real world.
    • The Special Needs area is addressed more intensely by showing readers how to work with families of children with disabilities.
    • Family Systems Theory is highlighted to show the importance of understanding total family functioning in addition to the differences of individuals.
    • Protecting children has a higher profile. Authors include more information on the growing problems and concerns about obesity, bullying, substance and sexual abuse and help readers fit these concerns into the role of education.
    • Media pluses and minuses are highlighted in our chapters so readers understand when the benefits of expanded media opportunities can shift to exploitation and abuse.
  • Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Home, School, and Community Influences on Children’s Lives  

    Children’s Perceptions and Attitudes 

    Age Levels and Influence  

    Influence of Special-Interest Groups 

    Understanding and Collaboration  

    Summary and Review 

    Suggested Activities and Questions


    Chapter 2 Historical and Philosophical Perspectives 

    Overview of Philosophical Viewpoints

    Historical Patterns  

    Family as a Significant Educational Force 

    Community as a Significant Educational Force 

    Schools as a Significant Educational Force  

    Forces Affecting Education in the Twenty-First Century 

    Partnerships and Collaborations

    Children with Specific Needs 

    Curriculum Emphasis on Diversity  

    Summary and Review  

    Suggested Activities and Questions 


    Chapter 3 Viewing Family Diversity  

    Diverse Households are Commonplace in America

    Different Types of Family Groupings

    Social Factors Relating to Families 

    Socioeconomic Status of Families 

    Families with Children with Disabilities 

    Religious Orientation 

    Changes in Contemporary Families  

    Summary and Review 

    Suggested Activities and Questions 


    Chapter 4 Understanding Roles and Experiences of Parents  

    Nurturance in Families

    Family Responsibilities

    Cultural Patterns and Family Functions

    Interaction Styles Within Families 

    Experiences of Families 

    Other Influences on Parenting 

    Meeting the Challenges of Parenting 

    Summary and Review 

    Suggested Activities and Questions


    Chapter 5 Meeting Child-Care Needs from Infancy Through School Age  <

    History of Child Care 

    Child-Care Issues in the United States Today 

    Child-Care Arrangements 

    Features of Quality Child Care

    Licensing Requirements and Voluntary Accreditation 

    Meeting the Challenges Through Collaboration

    Summary and Review

    Suggested Activities and Questions 


    Chapter 6 Working With Families of Children with Disabilities  

    Overview of Federal Special Education Laws  

    Families Raising Children with Disabilities 

    Children with Disabilities in School 

    Community Support for Children with Disabilities 

    Summary and Review 

    Suggested Activities and Questions


    Chapter 7 Protecting Children While Fostering Learning

    Learning Requires Safeguards

    Partnering with Parents to Nurture Children at Home

    Schools Nurture and Protect Children

    Community Responsibility 

    Linking Responsibilities

    Summary and Review

    Suggested Activities and Questions


    Chapter 8 Curriculum of the Home 

    Homes Nurture Communication and Cognitive Skills 

    Learning Values, Roles, and Responsibilities

    Learning from Physical Environments of the Home

    Family Practices and Home Learning

    Other Family Activities that Educate

    Grandparents Provide a Curriculum 

    Home Schooling 

    Summary and Review

    Suggested Activities and Questions 


    Chapter 9 Curriculum of the Community

    Community Configuration Affects Curriculum

    Social and Emotional Environments in a Community

    Physical Environments in a Community

    Interactions Among Community Agencies, Families and Schools

    Summary and Review

    Suggested Activities



    Chapter 10 Establishing and Maintaining Collaborative Relationships

    Developing Welcoming Schools and Classrooms 

    Establishing Ongoing Communication with Parents

    Parents in the Schools

    Working with Selected Families 

    Handling Collaborative Relationships

    Community Involvement 

    Summary and Review 

    Suggested Activities and Questions


    Chapter 11 Building School Partnerships with Families and Community Groups

    Levels of Involvement in Collaborations 

    Components of Successful Change

    Program Models 

    Features of Successful Collaborations 

    Achieving Partnerships

    Summary and Review  

    Suggested Activities and Questions 


    Appendix I Bibliography of Children’s Books  

    Different Cultures 

    Divorced Families

    Blended Families

    Single-Parent Household and Relationship with One Parent or Grandparents

    Adoptive Families

    Foster Care, Orphanages, and Shelters 

    Multigenerational Households and Extended Families  

    Gay and Lesbian Families

    Children, Family Members, and Friends with Special Needs  

    Homeless Families  

    Migrant Workers and Immigrants 

    Religious Traditions 

    Child Care

    Bullying and Intolerance

    Sexuality and Child Health

    Defining Families 

    Appendix II NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment 

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