families 101: engaging multi-aged audiences

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Families 101 Engaging multiage audiences Kathleen Olson, Family Relations, [email protected] Andrea Lorek Strauss, Environmental Science Education, [email protected] Nate Meyer, Environmental Science Education, [email protected]

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Your program serves families, but does it really? Are your programs aimed at children while the parents mostly watch – orvice versa? What if your program could truly engage family members of all ages in learning together? This program highlights what the research tells us about the characteristics of strong families, family leisure behavior, and family learning in nonformal settings and provide strategies for strengthening your approach to whole family learning.

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2. TheroleofExtension 3. Collaboratingacrossfields 4. Buildingnatureengagedfamilies[phil_h], Flickr.com 5. Whatisafamily? Mance, Flickr.com 6. Bronfenbrennersecologicalmodel Macrosystems ExosystemWORKMesosystemFAMILY Microsystem MEDIACHILD NEIGHBORS PEERS SCHOOL ChronosystemChanges in persons orenvironments over time IDEOLOGY,LAWS,CUSTOMS 7. Characteristicsofstrongfamilies Appreciation DemocraticDecisionMaking Flexibility Communication SharedValues QualityTimeTogether ConnectionswithOthers 8. FamilyLeisure StrongFamilies Coparticipationinleisureactivitiesispositively relatedtofamilysatisfaction,familyinteraction, andfamilystability. (Orthner&Mancini1990,Freeman&Zabriskie2002,West&Merriam,2009) Throughleisureactivities,familiesestablish meaningfultraditionsandroutines,which facilitatesthetransmissionofvalues.(Friesen1990) 9. AdventureModelKind of environment Level of StructureTODDLERRisk Perception TEEN Risk PARENT PARENTCompetenceSkill & Experience Frequency of Participation-Ewert & Hollenhorst 10. Leisureischallenging Familieshavegatekeepers.Mothersactivelyscreenorqualifytheprogramopportunitybeforeallowingthechildtobecomeinvolvedinthefinalstageofthepurchasedecision.(Howard&Madrigal1990) LeisureismoredifficultforMoms.Mothershaveahardertimeenjoyingfamilyleisure,whilefathersmayfinditeasiertousethistimefordiversionandselfexpression.(Larson,Gillman&Richards1997) Reasonstoparticipatevary.Parentsmayperceivemuseumsasplacestolearnandspendqualitytimewithchildren.(Dierking,Luke,Foat,Adelman2001) 11. Cohesionisfosteredwhenallfamily membersaregettingneedsmet. IsoAhola1980 12. Familiesbecomestrongerwhenthereis adynamicequilibrium 13. HomeiswhereitisHome andCommunity Family 53%Sleep 33%School 14%-National Research Council How People Learn 14. Familyinvolvement: Manyprogramslackafamilyinvolvementcomponent. Programsfacechallengesininvolvingfamilies. Programsuseavarietyofstrategiestoinvolvefamilies. Familyinvolvementinprogramsleadstofamilyinvolvementinschooling. Familyinvolvementaddsvaluetoprograms. 15. Effectivenessoffamilyinvolvement dependson: Levelsoffamilyparticipationinprograms. Programs successincommunicatingandbuilding relationships. Improvementinfamilies engagementwith program. Valueaddedtoprogramsbyengagingfamilies. 16. ReachingdisengagedfamiliesThedifferencebetweenparentswhoparticipateandthosewhodo not isthatthosewhodo haverecognizedthattheyareacriticalpartintheirchildrenseducation. (DelgadoGaitan,1991) 17. Designingforfamilies Familiesdontfollowlessonplans Designservicesforwholefamilies Provideopportunitiesforfamiliestobreakaway from mainactivityflow Supportadults/youthinmentoringeachother Designopportunitiestofacilitatesocial/physical interactions Letadultsknowaboutresourcesandideasfor continuinglearningathome 18. SelfAssessment:EngagingFamilies Considerthewaysinwhichyouengage families. Howcanyoubemoreeffectiveinthe future? Describe5actionstepstoreachoutand supportfamilies. 19. Thank you! KathleenOlson,FamilyRelations,[email protected] AndreaLorekStrauss,EnvironmentalScienceEducation,[email protected],EnvironmentalScienceEducation,[email protected]