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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.

Narratives of Family Life Educators
Narratives of Family Life Educators

In Chapter 6, we spoke of personal narrative as an effective way to teach family life education. Stories from one’s own life or from the lives of others have an emotional quality that reaches deeper into the heart of the reader and listener. It makes the abstract concrete. It makes it real. In the same way, we believe that sharing the perspectives of actual family life educators would be a great way to enhance understanding of what this career actually entails. Their experiences can mentor, inspire, and encourage us, give direction to our own professional pathways, and perhaps provide a beginning professional network.

Some years ago, some thoughtful scholars compiled a work titled Pioneering Paths in ...

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