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Although it is not required, it may be helpful for you to have a solid foundation in human development (such as SFL 210). A course in human development will serve to strengthen your parenting capabilities and could even be taken concurrently with this course.

BYU Course Outcomes

  1. Critically examine theories of overall parenting styles and the impact of these styles upon optimal parenting.
  2. Critically examine parenting practices within the overall parenting styles and the impact of these practices upon optimal parenting.
  3. Identify effective parenting practices in the context of various life stages.
  4. Understand parenting principles that may heighten professional and/or parental potential.
  5. Synthesize in writing an analysis of parenting styles and practices of your family of origin and how you may modify those styles and practices with the principles obtained in this class.
  6. Examine and write in depth a specific area of interest related to parenting styles and practices.

Course Objectives

The general goal of this course is to practically apply effective parenting principles across the developmental span. When you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast various philosophical and theoretical approaches to parenting from a historical perspective to gospel-centered perspectives.
  2. Analyze research findings regarding parenting styles and practices that can facilitate optimal development in children (birth through adolescence).
  3. Describe how parenting works in combination with a variety of extrafamilial (e.g., outside sources of stress and support), personal (e.g., inherent psychological child and parent resources), and familial (e.g., marital or sibling interactions) variables to influence child development.
  4. Acquire an awareness and sensitivity to language, cultural diversity, and issues related to family and parental involvement for racial and ethnic minority children.
  5. Identify parenting issues associated with the transition to parenthood, single parenting, divorce, step-parenting, special needs children, and dual-worker families.
  6. Understand how parenting changes across the lifespan of the child, develop ideas about developmentally appropriate practices, and be prepared to assist children physically, educationally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Course Organization

You will complete fourteen lessons for this course. You will need to complete three Speedback assignments and six instructor-graded assignments. We recommend that you not try to do more than two lessons each week. Do not wait until assignments are corrected and returned to go on to a new lesson.

Each lesson consists of the following parts:

  1. an introductory paragraph
  2. the objectives for the lesson
  3. discussion material and reading assignments
  4. Self Check exercises
  5. a lesson quiz or written assignment

In completing each lesson, it will be helpful for you to proceed through the following steps:

  1. Read the introductory section in the lesson. It will give you a general orientation to what you will be learning.
  2. Carefully read the lesson objectives for each lesson. They outline the important points you should learn.
  3. Read and study the discussion material. Don’t forget to read the reading assignments as they are presented in the discussion material. The following suggestions are offered to help you get the most out of your reading:
  4. Take notes as you read. A practical way to do this is to highlight important concepts as well as write in the margins of your reading assignments. (You’ll need to print out the readings if you are looking at an electronic version.)
  5. Stop reading periodically and review what you have read to test yourself for comprehension.
  6. Fill in the Guided Reading Sheets (where available) to help ensure that you understand the important points.
  7. Answer the Self Check questions. They focus on important concepts. Check your answers. If, after you have completed the above steps, you find that you do not know or are not certain about an answer, go back to the lesson material and reread the entire section pertaining to that question. In doing so, clarify the material so you understand the reason for the correct answer.
  8. Demonstrate your understanding of the lesson material by answering the quiz questions or completing the written assignment.
  9. After you have completed lessons 1 through 7, and they have been graded, you will be ready to take the midcourse examination.
  10. After you have completed lessons 8 through 14, and they have been graded, you will be ready to take the final examination.

Course Materials

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You will submit your completed paper electronically. To make sure that I can open and read your paper, please save it as an Word .DOC or .DOCX file.

Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, SFL240_JaneSmith_Assignment1.docx.

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This course includes a midcourse and a final examination. Each examination consists of 50 multiple-choice, true or false, and matching questions.  The exams are closed book and notes, and there is no time limit.

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Upon completing the course, you should know and understand the material presented in the textbook, readings, and lesson material. You will demonstrate your knowledge and application of these concepts through your quizzes and written assignments as well as your midcourse and final examinations.

3 Quizzes (4% each) 12%
Written Assignment 1: Caring for Children 5%
Written Assignment 2: Parenting across Cultures 8%
Written Assignment 3: Raising Infants and Toddlers 8%
Written Assignment 4: Special Needs Children and Their Families 5%
Written Assignment 5: Adoption or Divorce 8%
Written Assignment 6: Written Assignment 6: Parenting Question Research 10%
Midcourse examination 22%
Final examination 22%
Total 100%

Grade Scale

Your letter grade is based on these percentages:

A 100 94
A- 93 90
B+ 89 87
B 86 83
B- 82 80
C+ 79 77
C 76 73
C- 72 70
D+ 69 67
D 66 63
D- 62 60
E 59 0

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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