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Family Life Education

Family Life Education
Principles and Practices for Effective Outreach

Third Edition

May 2016 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A practical how-to guide to developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining effective family life education programs.

Drawing on the best scholarship and their own years of professional experience, the authors of this thoroughly updated Third Edition begin by discussing the foundations of family life education and encourage readers to develop their own outreach philosophies. The book then helps readers learn principles and methods for reaching out to the public and how to form and use community collaborations and use principles of social marketing to promote programs.

Foundations of Family Life Education
Chapter 1: Historical and Philosophical Perpectives
Defining Family Life Education

A Brief History of Outreach Family Life Education

Evolution in the Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge about Families

Varied Approaches or Roles in Family Life Education

Developing a Working Philosophy for Outreach Family Life Education

Development of Family Life Education Programs
Chapter 2: Designing Comprehensive Family Life Education Prevention Programs
The Science and Profession of Prevention

Prevention Education Models in FLE

A Comprehensive Model for the Design of Family Life Prevention Programs

Assessing Elements of Program Quality in Existing Programs

Characteristics of Strong, Sustainable Family Life Education Programs

Chapter 3: Principles of Program Evaluation
Evaluation as Friend and Foe: Stereotypes and Opportunities

Establishing the Target: Vision and Goals

Developing a Vision

Getting Specific: Program Goals and Objectives

An Example of an Evaluation Framework in Parenting

Defining the Kind of Information Needed: The Evaluation Questions

The Logic Model Approach to Evaluation

Innovations in Evaluation

Using Evaluation Data

Implementing Family Education Programs
Chapter 4: Designing Effective Instruction
Component Display Theory

First Principles of Instruction

Chapter 5: Engaging an Audience
The Art of Teaching

What Changes People? Challenging Ideas from Personality Theories

Relationships as the Basis for Helping

Practical Applications

Chapter 6: Teaching Skills and Tools in Family Life Education
Select Methods for Family Life Education

Chapter 7: Working with Diverse Audiences
Sensitizing to Differences

Diversity of Learning Styles

Ethnicity and Values

Skilled Dialogue

Group FLE Examples

Programming for Diversity

Content and Contexts for FLE Programs
Chapter 8: Education for Personal Well-Being: Flourishing People Make Better Family Members
Models of Well-Being

The Practical Messages of Positive Psychology

Educational Frameworks

Chapter 9: Marriage and Relationship Education
Early Beginnings of Marriage and Relationship Education

Current Theoretical and Empirical Foundations and Models for Practice

Examples of the Three Emphases: Foundational Processes for Enduring Marriages

Educational Frameworks

Programs and Approaches

Effectiveness of Marriage and Relationship Education

Extension Service Programs and Results

Creating Your Own Marriage and Relationship Education Program

Challenges for the Future and Future Directions

Chapter 10: Parenting Education
History and Current State of Parenting Education

Understanding Effective Parenting

Understanding Effective Parenting Education

Theoretical Models of Parenting Education

Qualities and Competencies of an Effective Parent Educator

Effective Delivery Formats

Populations Served By Parenting Education

Effectiveness of Parenting Programs

Evaluating Parenting Education Resources and Curricula

Conclusion and Future Challenges

Chapter 11: Sexuality Education
Sexuality Education Historical Overview

Why Is Sexuality Education Important?

Contemporary Theoretic al Perspectives Used in Programming

Sexuality Education Programs

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

Youth Development Programs

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Parent-Based Sexuality Education

Best Practices in Sexuality Education

Chapter 12: Family Life Education on the Technological Frontier
The Technological Landscape

Assessing the Credibility of Online Programs for Family Life Education

Developing Online Programs for Family Life Education

Chapter 13: Working with the Media in Family Life Education
Mass Media and Outreach Family Life Education

Understanding Traditional Media: Walk a Mile in its Shoes

Working with Traditional Media: Playing on the Same Team

Writing Guidelines

Media Interviews

Using Social Media in FLE

Chapter 14: Writing for the Lay Audience
Purposes of Written Material

Tips on Writing

Examples of Effective Writing

Chapter 15: Creating Effective Collaborative Partnerships
Defining the Collaborative Process

Advantages of Collaboration

Challenges to Collaboration

A Community Linkages Framework

Assessing the Effectiveness of Your Collaboration

Getting Started: Steps for Creating Effective Collaborative Partnerships

An Example of an Effective Family Life Education Collaboration

Chapter 16: Marketing Family Life Principles, Practices, and Programs
The Social Marketing Mix

Crafting Marketing Messages to Foster Change

Chapter 17: Narratives of Family Life Educators
Where Do Family Life Educators Work? Venues, Settings, & Profiles


Pathways into the Profession of FLE - The Authors

Chapter 18: Helping Others Find Their Place in Family Life Education
Great FLE Mentors We Have Known

Scholarship on Mentoring: The Science and the Art

Helping FLEs Along Their Journey

Voices from the Field: What Some FLEs are Doing as Mentors

What Departments and Others Can Do

Chapter 19: Improving the Practice of Family Life Education
Professionalization of Family Life Education

Program Rigor

Program Effectiveness

Marketing of FLE Principles, Practices, and Programs

Reaching Diverse, Underserved Audiences



Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

Word Test Bank

This Word test bank offers a diverse set of test questions and answers for each chapter of the book. Multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for every chapter help instructors assess students’ progress and understanding.


For instructors who like to use Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations to guide their course sessions, this site includes a presentation for each chapter. Each presentation guides users through each chapter, highlighting key concepts and terms.

“Duncan and Goddard provide an in-depth coverage of the essentials needed by the educator who seeks to provide learning experiences that are responsive to the need of those who see to plan and evaluate outreach education programs. Educators are guided from conceptualization and planning strategies, to implementation strategies, to evaluation and revision strategies for outreach efforts.”

Janis L. Henderson
Texas Tech University
Key features
  • Completely updated and revised to reflect current best practices and existing knowledge in outreach family life education (FLE).
  • A new chapter on mentoring–offers budding and experienced family life educators helpful advice for finding their place in the field of family life education.
  • Subject matter chapters have been thoroughly updated with new information on marriage and relationship education, parenting education, sexuality education, and education to help individuals flourish.
  • An updated Narratives of Family Life Educators chapter–provides across time, real-life accounts from the previous edition’s educators to convey the experiences, rewards, and challenges of doing family life education.
  • Updates on media use in FLE–includes a larger emphasis on using social media.
  • A focus on the art of FLE, or getting our hearts right, as a principle for engaging learners.
  • The text includes a new and substantial collection of media ideas for teaching family life education concepts.
  • Historical perspectives have been updated to reflect the increased variability of FLE methods, including family coaching.
  • The authors' practical, hands-on experience is used to demonstrate how readers can put principles from the latest and best scholarship into action.
  • Interactive Explorations sections include real-world questions and activities that give students practice in applying principles.
  • Conclusions sections at the end of each chapter summarize key points so readers can review the material they just read.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 4

Chapter 1

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