AMES, Iowa – Professionals who work with parents one-on-one or in groups can boost their knowledge and skills through Partnering with Parents, an online course from Iowa State University.
The class will be offered completely online June 5 through November 17, 2006.
The course explores parenting practices in the United States over the past century as well as current trends. Topics covered include cultural influences on parenting, family-centered practices, child-rearing strategies, parent-child relationships, stages and challenges of parenting, as well as feeding children, evaluating curricula, facilitating parent groups and measuring program outcomes.
“Partnering with Parents shares recommended practices for parent-professional collaboration,” said Kimberly Greder, ISU assistant professor and developer of the course. “People learn how to apply parenting research and theory to their everyday work with families. People are exposed to new tools and activities they can immediately use with families.”
Participants will examine their own parenting perspectives and teaching styles and how they influence their work with families, Greder said. They’ll learn how to apply the six critical parenting practices identified in the National Extension Parent Education Model and gain knowledge and skills to more effectively work with parents. Learning tools include chat rooms, discussion boards, e-journals, videostreams, surveys and quizzes, virtual small group assignments and brief reflection papers.
Each of 11 modules will be covered in consecutive two-week periods. The course is available for three undergraduate or three graduate credits, Iowa teacher renewal credits, social workers hours and continuing education units (CEU)s. This online course is available as Human Development and Family Studies 493B/593B, section XW.
Greder said the course was designed for individuals who work directly with parents such as family support workers, parenting educators, school counselors, teachers, Head Start staff, social workers, ministers, community action employees, public health nurses and a variety of health-care professionals.
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/).