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The Harvard Family Research Project separated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to become the Global Family Research Project as of January 1, 2017. It is no longer affiliated with Harvard University.

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Constant changes in education are creating new and uncertain roles for parents and teachers that must be explored, identified, and negotiated. Preparing Educators to Engage Families: Case Studies Using an Ecological Systems Framework, Third Edition (Sage Publishing, October 2013) encourages readers to hone their analytic and problem-solving skills for use in real-world situations with students and their families.
This completely updated Third Edition presents research-based teaching cases that reflect critical dilemmas in family-school-community relations, especially among families for whom poverty and cultural differences are daily realities. The book probes in-depth family engagement issues from the early years through pre-adolescence.

New to this edition:

  • The book addresses bold and exciting new directions in the field of family engagement in education, including  the explosive growth of digital media and learning, the investment in student performance data systems, the focus on personalized student learning, and the need for systemic—rather than “random acts”—of family engagement.
  • New theoretical perspectives on early childhood education and family engagement speak to issues of quality learning settings and school readiness.

Key features:

  • Research-based teaching cases and theoretical perspectives help educators connect theory and research to practice in family engagement and hone problem-solving skills for real-world dilemmas of practice.
  • The overarching social ecological systems framework increases understanding of the multiple contexts of children’s lives and the ways in which families, schools, and communities can best support child development.
  • Original research with families and schools provides valuable perspectives and skills for engaging families who have, in many instances, been underserved by our educational system.
  • All cases in the book are based on work conducted or commissioned by Harvard Family Research Project.
  • Each section begins with one or two theoretical perspectives and ends with two or three illustrative cases.

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