Family Life Education: The Practice of Family Science

Book Editors: Michael J. Walcheski, Ph.D., CFLE, and Jennifer S. Reinke, Ph.D., CFLE
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Useful and informative for seasoned and emerging professionals, as well as students, Family Life Education: The Practice of Family Science provides a comprehensive examination of the profession from the perspectives of many leading family scholars and educators.

It includes three sections: Current Themes in Family Life Education; Integrating Family Life Education Content Areas into Practice (organized around the 10 family life content areas); and Family Life Education Teaching and Practice Resources. Chapters include discussion questions supported by accompanying online key resources.

You can purchase this book in the NCFR online store. Want to learn more about the book first? At the bottom of this page, you'll find an expanded table of contents and a review copy that contains the first three pages of each chapter.


The extended online resource collection on this webpage will enhance your use of Family Life Education: The Practice of Family Science. Below, you'll find resources — such as annotated references and links to other websites — listed by corresponding book section and chapter.

Section I: Current Themes in Family Life Education

Chapter 1: The Science of Family Life Education: History, Status, and Practice

by Jason D. Hans

Chapter 2: The Art of Family Life Education: Getting Our Hearts Right

by Wally Goddard and James P. Marshall

Chapter 3: Family Life Education: Wisdom in Practice

by Stephen A. Small and Dayana Kupisk

Chapter 4: Family Life Education and the Practice of Cross-Cultural Competence

by William D. Allen and Karen R. Blaisure

Chapter 5: The Levels of Family Involvement Model: 20 Years Later

by William J. Doherty and Angela L. Lamson

Chapter 6: Reconceptualizing the Domain and Boundaries of Family Life Education

by Judith A. Myers-Walls, Sharon M. Ballard, Carol Anderson Darling, and Karen S. Myers-Bowman

Chapter 7: Family Coaching: An Emerging Family Science Field

by Kimberly Allen and Nichole Huff

Chapter 8: Community Engaged Parent Education: Strengthening Civic Engagement Among Parents and Parent Educators

by William J. Doherty, Jenet Jacob Erickson, and Beth Cutting

Chapter 10: Opportunities and Challenges in Coparenting Education

by Alan J. Hawkins and Paul Florsheim

Chapter 11: Misperceptions of Work-Life Balance: The Five Secret Strategies for Family Life Educators

by Beth A. Quist

Chapter 12: Family Life and Technology: Implications for the Practice of Family Life Education

by Susan K. Walker

Chapter 13: Strategies for Designing Online Family Life Education Programs

by Robert Hughes, Jr., Aaron T. Ebata, Jill Bowers, Elissa Thomann Mitchell, and Sarah Louise Curtiss

Section II: Integrating Family Life Education Content Areas into Practice

Chapter 14: Family Life Education Content Areas: Content and Practice Guidelines (2014)

by National Council on Family Relations

Chapter 15: Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts

by Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth, Kevin M. Roy, and Natasha Watkins

Chapter 16: Internal Dynamics of Families

by Jennifer S. Reinke and Michael J. Walcheski

Chapter 17: Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan

by Julie Leventhal

Chapter 18: Human Sexuality across the Lifespan

by Carol Anderson Darling and Stacy Howard

Chapter 19: Interpersonal Relationships

by Richard Glotzer

Chapter 20: Family Resource Management

by Tami James Moore and Sylvia M. Asay

Chapter 21: Parent Education and Guidance

by Arminta L. Jacobson

Chapter 22: Family Law and Public Policy

by Karen Bogenschneider

Chapter 23: Professional Ethics and Practice

by Glen F. Palm

Chapter 24: Family Life Education Methodology

by Martin Covey

Section III: Family Life Education Teaching and Practice Resources

Chapter 25: Principles for Improving Family Programs: An Evidence-Informed Approach

by Stephen A. Small and Mary Huser

Chapter 26: Marketing Family Life Education Programs: Building Relationships Instead of Selling

by Jody Johnston Pawel

Chapter 27: Preparing For Your Profession

by Sterling Wall and Sandra McClintic

Chapter 28: Developing a World-Class Portfolio for the Family Life Educator

by Melinda Stafford Markham, Yolanda T. Mitchell, and Jaimee L. Hartenstein

Chapter 29: Social Media and the Family Life Educator

by Jason DeBoer-Moran

Chapter 30: Family Life Educators in the Legislative Process

by Marlene S. Lobberecht

Chapter 31: The Development and Teaching of the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Family Scientists

by Rebecca A. Adams, Kathleen R. Gilbert, David C. Dollahite, and Robert E. Keim

Chapter 32: Ethical Thinking and Practice for Parent and Family Life Educators

by The Minnesota Council on Family Relations

Chapter 33: Family Life Education: Advancing the Profession

by Dawn Cassidy

Chapter 34: A First-Hand Account of Implementing a Family Life Education Model: Intentionality in Head Start Home Visiting

by Justin Petkus