Working with Families, 7th edition

  • Rena Shimoni
  • Joanne Baxter

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Working with Families teaches the important connection between the well-being of children and the well-being of families. The authors accomplish this by integrating knowledge from a broad range of disciplines–sociology, psychology, anthropology–into a practical book that combines the their theoretical knowledge, professional experience, and involvement with students. 

Working with Families has been written for educators who value the prospect of expanding the scope of their practice in engaging families by focusing on three aspects: enhancing an understanding of family so that educators develop an increased awareness and appreciation of the children and families who they interact with; engaging with and supporting all types of families by providing a foundation for educators to build relationships and share dialogue with families as equals both invested in the best interest of the child; and understanding the diversity that exists within Canadian families—this may include cultural diversity, diversity in family structure, social and economic diversity, or it could be related to particular life events a family may be experiencing. 

Table of contents

PART 1 Understanding Families

Chapter 1 Engaging with Parents as Early Childhood Educators

Chapter 2 Defining and Describing Families

Chapter 3 Perspectives that Enhance the Understanding of Families

Chapter 4 Resilience


PART 2 Engaging with Families

Chapter 5 Understanding Parent Engagement

Chapter 6 Enhancing Parent-Staff Engagement

Chapter 7 Resolving Conflicts and Tensions


PART 3 Family Diversity

Chapter 8 Indigenous Families of Canada

Chapter 9 Culturally Diverse Families

Chapter 10 Families and Poverty

Chapter 11 Single Parent Families

Chapter 12 Divorce

Chapter 13 Blended Families

Chapter 14 Teenage Parents

Chapter 15 Adoptive and Foster Families

Chapter 16 Children with Special Needs

Chapter 17 Parents with Special Needs

Chapter 18 Gender Diverse Families

Chapter 19 Death in the Family

Chapter 20 Violence and Abuse in the Home

Published by Pearson Canada (March 20th 2018) - Copyright © 2019