Teaching family policy: Advocacy skills education

Elaine A. Anderson, Bonnie Braun, Susan K. Walker

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Preparing students to engage in family policy education and advocacy is a challenge and opportunity for departments that teach family studies and family policy courses. Students not only need to know theoretical implications of family policy and how research enhances the theory, but also understand the policy process and how research-based information about family can inform policymaking. These students also need to acquire advocacy skills in order to work effectively in different policy arenas. This article illustrates how university family policy educators can structure curricula to provide students with both knowledge and skills vital to effective participation in family policy formation, analysis and critique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Craft of Teaching About Families
Subtitle of host publicationStrategies and Tools
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780203051665
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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  • Advocacy skills education
  • Experiential learning
  • Family policy


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