Extension News

Online Course Explores History of Parenting Education and Cultural Impact


AMES, Iowa -- Partnering with Parents, Iowa State University Extension's course promoting recommended practices for parent-professional collaboration, is offering a four-week online training course Feb. 6 to March 3, 2006. 


The course offers a historical look at parenting education and the impact of culture on parenting. The registration deadline for the four-week online training course is Jan. 23.


"Partnering with Parents strengthens the knowledge and skills of parenting educators who work with parents in one-on-one and group settings," said Kimberly Greder, ISU Extension family life state specialist.


The online series includes two training modules delivered completely online via chat rooms, discussion boards, videostreams, eJournals, and small group and individual assignments and readings.


The training is designed for family and parenting educators, family development workers, school counselors, marriage and family therapists, Head Start teachers, social workers, ministers and others who work directly with parents, Greder said.


The module "A Journey of Parenting Education" will be delivered Feb. 6-17 and will focus on parenting practices in the United States over the past century and current trends. Participants will develop a personal philosophy of parenting education, identify personal preferences and learn about competencies and traits to enhance the ability to facilitate parent learning. 


"Cultural Perspectives of Parenting" will be delivered Feb. 20 to March 3. Participants will explore their own culture and how it influences their values, attitudes, expectations and parenting practices. Participants will learn about values held by other cultures and the influence of these values on parenting practices.


For registration information about the online course as well as other learning options, see the Partnering with Parents Web site (http://www.extension.iastate.edu/pwp/).



Contacts :

Kimberly Greder, Human Development and Family Studies, (515) 294-5906, kgreder@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu