In this undergraduate seminar, students will examine the complex relationships between family and school systems in the United States and Israel. We will be examining family-school connections, by taking a look at the nature of both systems as they relate to child development. The course begins with an introduction to the developmental-ecological-systems perspective. We will then consider existing theories regarding family engagement in children’s education, review empirical studies testing aspects of these theories, and consider school policies and practices. Case studies will be used to generate questions and discussion. Throughout the course, we will pay particular attention to the roles that culture, immigration, and racial and ethnic diversity in the United States, as well as Israel, play in establishing effective partnerships between families and schools for the benefit of children’s learning and overall development.
This course has a special focus on low-income urban communities as they relate to child development in the United States and Israel. Topics explore the roles culture, immigration, & racial/ethnic diversity play in establishing effective partnerships between families & schools.