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 13: Preparing Family Life Educators to Work with Diverse Populations
Preparing Family Life Educators to Work with Diverse Populations
The United States has frequently been likened to a “melting pot” of people hailing from a wide array of backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities. Preparing family life educators to work with culturally diverse populations and increasing their cultural awareness have become increasingly important in today's society (Powell & Cassidy, 2007). In order for family life educators to effectively meet the needs of their diverse audiences, they must be equipped with essential skills, relevant knowledge, and valuable experiences. Too often, new educators are not provided with adequate opportunities to gain knowledge and skills that will prepare them to work with these populations.
The overriding purpose ...