Editors Sharon M. Ballard and Alan C. Taylor bridge the gap between research and practice by examining and presenting key strategies for working with diverse populations, including those based on race and ethnicity, family structure, geographic location, and context. By defining 11 diverse groups and presenting their strengths and unique cultural characteristics, the editors present an evidence-based practice approach with each chapter, prescribing the best practices for working with these diverse groups in regard to general family life education (FLE) needs, educator characteristics, ethical considerations, marketing and recruitment, modes of learning, and environmental considerations. This book is essential for students who are preparing to work with families, as well as professionals engaging in FLE activities with diverse populations.
Chapter 1: Best Practices in Family Life Education
Best Practices in Family Life Education
According to Standards & Criteria: Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Designation (National Council on Family Relations [NCFR], 2011b), “Family life education is the educational effort to strengthen family life through a family perspective. The objective of family life education is to enrich and improve the quality of individual and family life” (p. 3). Family life education is relevant across the life span, is inclusive of all types of families, and is designed to meet the true needs of the target audience (Arcus, Schvaneveldt, & Moss, 1993). However, given the diversity of families, it is often difficult to determine the true needs of an audience, and many audiences may ...