Family-Teacher Partnerships and Community Connections

Course Number: HEC 201
Transcript Title: Family-Teacher Partnerships
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 11, 2020
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Identifies the influences on children and their families which impact child and family behaviors, values, attitudes, beliefs, and morals. Includes: parenting patterns; cultural, religious and socioeconomic influences; peer, school, media impacts; family development; community ecology; special needs children; prejudice; and public policy. Prerequisites: RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the normal child growth and development from the prenatal period through adolescence using current research theories and principles.
  2. Use current research to investigate parenting patterns and how they are influenced by mass media, culture, values, and socioeconomics.
  3. Recognize the influence of family and society on the socialization of children.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: class participation, quizzes, portfolio artifacts, interviews, research paper, written observations, journal reflections, and written assignments.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Process Skills

  • Assessing the community role in diversity issues.
  • Thinking critically when observing different forms of mass media.
  • Speaking before a group.
  • Interviewing adults with skill and sensitivity.

Concepts, Issues, Themes

  • Contributing factors in the socialization of children.
  • The nature and nurture of families.
  • Values, morals and attitudes.
  • Behavior, gender identity, special needs.
  • The implications of mass media and public policy.
  • Gathering information from parents.

Theories and principles of Child Development

  • Domains of Development
    • Social –emotional
    • Cognitive-Creative
    • Physical
    • Language
  • Periods Of Development
    • Pre-natal
    • Infancy
    • Early Childhood
    • Middle Childhood
    • Adolescence

Environmental, social/cultural and inherited factors that affect development

Department Notes

NAEYC standards that relate to HEC 201 are: Standard 2. Building Family and Community Relationships

Core Knowledge categories: Diversity (DIV), Families & Community Systems (FCS), Special Needs (SN)