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Family Life Education

Family Life Education
Principles and Practices for Effective Outreach

Third Edition
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June 2016 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A practical how-to guide to developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining effective family life education programs.

Drawing on the best scholarship and their own years of professional experience, the authors of this thoroughly updated Third Edition begin by discussing the foundations of family life education and encourage readers to develop their own outreach philosophies. The book then helps readers learn principles and methods for reaching out to the public and how to form and use community collaborations and use principles of social marketing to promote programs.
Foundations of Family Life Education
Chapter 1: Historical and Philosophical Perpectives
Defining Family Life Education  
A Brief History of Outreach Family Life Education  
Evolution in the Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge about Families  
Varied Approaches or Roles in Family Life Education  
Developing a Working Philosophy for Outreach Family Life Education  
Development of Family Life Education Programs
Chapter 2: Designing Comprehensive Family Life Education Prevention Programs
The Science and Profession of Prevention  
Prevention Education Models in FLE  
A Comprehensive Model for the Design of Family Life Prevention Programs  
Assessing Elements of Program Quality in Existing Programs  
Characteristics of Strong, Sustainable Family Life Education Programs  
Chapter 3: Principles of Program Evaluation
Evaluation as Friend and Foe: Stereotypes and Opportunities  
Establishing the Target: Vision and Goals  
Developing a Vision  
Getting Specific: Program Goals and Objectives  
An Example of an Evaluation Framework in Parenting  
Defining the Kind of Information Needed: The Evaluation Questions  
The Logic Model Approach to Evaluation  
Innovations in Evaluation  
Using Evaluation Data  
Implementing Family Education Programs
Chapter 4: Designing Effective Instruction
Component Display Theory  
First Principles of Instruction  
Chapter 5: Engaging an Audience
The Art of Teaching  
What Changes People? Challenging Ideas from Personality Theories  
Relationships as the Basis for Helping  
Practical Applications  
Chapter 6: Teaching Skills and Tools in Family Life Education
Select Methods for Family Life Education  
Chapter 7: Working with Diverse Audiences
Sensitizing to Differences  
Diversity of Learning Styles  
Ethnicity and Values  
Skilled Dialogue  
Group FLE Examples  
Programming for Diversity  
Content and Contexts for FLE Programs
Chapter 8: Education for Personal Well-Being: Flourishing People Make Better Family Members
Models of Well-Being  
The Practical Messages of Positive Psychology  
Educational Frameworks  
Chapter 9: Marriage and Relationship Education
Early Beginnings of Marriage and Relationship Education  
Current Theoretical and Empirical Foundations and Models for Practice  
Examples of the Three Emphases: Foundational Processes for Enduring Marriages  
Educational Frameworks  
Programs and Approaches  
Effectiveness of Marriage and Relationship Education  
Extension Service Programs and Results  
Creating Your Own Marriage and Relationship Education Program  
Challenges for the Future and Future Directions  
Chapter 10: Parenting Education
History and Current State of Parenting Education  
Understanding Effective Parenting  
Understanding Effective Parenting Education  
Theoretical Models of Parenting Education  
Qualities and Competencies of an Effective Parent Educator  
Effective Delivery Formats  
Populations Served By Parenting Education  
Effectiveness of Parenting Programs  
Evaluating Parenting Education Resources and Curricula  
Conclusion and Future Challenges  
Chapter 11: Sexuality Education
Sexuality Education Historical Overview  
Why Is Sexuality Education Important?  
Contemporary Theoretic al Perspectives Used in Programming  
Sexuality Education Programs  
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention  
Youth Development Programs  
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention  
Parent-Based Sexuality Education  
Best Practices in Sexuality Education  
Chapter 12: Family Life Education on the Technological Frontier
The Technological Landscape  
Assessing the Credibility of Online Programs for Family Life Education  
Developing Online Programs for Family Life Education  
Chapter 13: Working with the Media in Family Life Education
Mass Media and Outreach Family Life Education  
Understanding Traditional Media: Walk a Mile in its Shoes  
Working with Traditional Media: Playing on the Same Team  
Writing Guidelines  
Media Interviews  
Using Social Media in FLE  
Chapter 14: Writing for the Lay Audience
Purposes of Written Material  
Tips on Writing  
Examples of Effective Writing  
Chapter 15: Creating Effective Collaborative Partnerships
Defining the Collaborative Process  
Advantages of Collaboration  
Challenges to Collaboration  
A Community Linkages Framework  
Assessing the Effectiveness of Your Collaboration  
Getting Started: Steps for Creating Effective Collaborative Partnerships  
An Example of an Effective Family Life Education Collaboration  
Chapter 16: Marketing Family Life Principles, Practices, and Programs
The Social Marketing Mix  
Crafting Marketing Messages to Foster Change  
Chapter 17: Narratives of Family Life Educators
Where Do Family Life Educators Work? Venues, Settings, & Profiles  
Pathways into the Profession of FLE - The Authors  
Chapter 18: Helping Others Find Their Place in Family Life Education
Great FLE Mentors We Have Known  
Scholarship on Mentoring: The Science and the Art  
Helping FLEs Along Their Journey  
Voices from the Field: What Some FLEs are Doing as Mentors  
What Departments and Others Can Do  
Chapter 19: Improving the Practice of Family Life Education
Professionalization of Family Life Education  
Program Rigor  
Program Effectiveness  
Marketing of FLE Principles, Practices, and Programs  
Reaching Diverse, Underserved Audiences  


Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

Word Test Bank

This Word test bank offers a diverse set of test questions and answers for each chapter of the book. Multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for every chapter help instructors assess students’ progress and understanding.


For instructors who like to use Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations to guide their course sessions, this site includes a presentation for each chapter. Each presentation guides users through each chapter, highlighting key concepts and terms.

“Duncan and Goddard provide an in-depth coverage of the essentials needed by the educator who seeks to provide learning experiences that are responsive to the need of those who see to plan and evaluate outreach education programs. Educators are guided from conceptualization and planning strategies, to implementation strategies, to evaluation and revision strategies for outreach efforts.”

Janis L. Henderson
Texas Tech University

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ISBN: 9781483384573