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Preparing Educators to Engage Families : Case Studies Using an Ecological Systems Framework



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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 12/8/2009.

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This book encourages readers to hone their analytic and problem-solving skills for use in real-world situations with students and their families. Organized according to Ecological Systems Theory (of the micro, meso, exo, macro, and chrono systems), the text presents research-based teaching cases that reflect critical dilemmas in family-school-community relations, especially among families for whom poverty and cultural differences are daily realities.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Preparing Educators in Family Engagement
About Family Engagement in Education
How to Use the Casebook
The Microsystem
Theoretical Perspectives on the Microsystem
Motivation to Learn
A Developmental-Contextual Perspective
The Microsystem Cases
A Special Education Plan for Anabela: Does Supporting Her Needs Mean Holding Her Back?
My Favorite Subject Is Lunch: Motivating a Disengaged Student
The Mesosystem
Theoretical Perspectives on the Mesosystem
Social Executive Functioning
Community Support for Family Engagement in Children's Learning
The Mesosystem Cases
Lunchtime at Sunnydale Elementary School: What Do First Graders Need?
Defining "Fine": Communicating Academic Progress to Parents
Bilingual Voices and Parent Classroom Choices: Family Engagement in Language and Literacy
The Exosystem
Theoretical Perspectives on the Exosystem
School-Based Family Support
The Exosystem Cases
Afterschool for Cindy: Family, School, and Community Roles in Out-of-School Time
Piecing It Together: Linking Systems to Support a Student and Family
The Macrosystem
Theoretical Perspectives on the Macrosystem
Ecocultural Understanding
Ethnic and Racial Diversity
The Macrosystem Cases
What Words Don't Say: Talking About Racism
Raising Children Alone: Poverty, Welfare Reform, and Family Involvement
Learning in the Shadow of Violence: Community, Culture, and Family Engagement
The Chronosystem
Theoretical Perspectives on the Chronosystem
Families, Time, and Learning
The Chronosystem Cases
Tomasito Is Too Big to Hold Hands: The Developing Child and the Home-School Relationship
Staying on the Path Toward College: One Boy at the Crossroads
About the Authors
About the Contributors
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