ERIC Number: ED198371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Guide to Parent Involvement: Parents as Adult Learners. The Family Academy Model of the Family as Educator.
American Univ., Washington, DC. Adult Learning Potential Inst.
This document is the second of a series of four reports developed to provide a comprehensive overview of parent involvement, encompassing the family, parenting needs, and existing resources, in addition to current parent education approaches and practices. This "Family Academy Model" provides one interpretation of how the family functions as educator. The report begins by revealing the dramatic changes that have taken place in American families during the past twenty years, based on the impact of lower birth rates, more women in the work force, higher divorce rates, postponement of marriage, and a changing economic climate. Chapter 2 discusses five alternative family forms--single-parent, reconstituted, non-kin, multigenerational, and retirement--and their implications for educators. In chapter 3, the family life cycle is examined through the traditional nuclear family. Contributions to understanding how the family educates are highlighted in chapter 4, which includes some thoughts on the family's curriculum content. In chapter 5, the family academy concept is presented with a description of its four primary learning tasks--role selection, personality acquisition, value formation, and behavioral patterning. The five-step learning sequence of the family academy is the focal point of chapter 6 and is applied to the development of life skills through four critical life events. Chapter 7 concludes with a discussion of the future of the family. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Educational Planning, Family Role, Family (Sociological Unit), Futures (of Society), Individual Development, Learning Processes, Literature Reviews, Models, Nuclear Family, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Postsecondary Education, Social Change, Socioeconomic Influences
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education (DHHS), Washington, DC. Teacher Corps.
Authoring Institution: American Univ., Washington, DC. Adult Learning Potential Inst.
Note: For related documents see CE 028 089-092.