EXPLORING Cultural Perspectives of Families


Families build the foundation of communities. As the demographic profiles of families in communities change, communities change. In order to design and deliver extension programs and services to effectively meet the needs of communities, it is important to understand the needs and wants of those who live there. This module can provide professional development to extension staff. However, activities in this module can also be used in extension programming to assist others in learning about the role of culture in families, how individuals can design and deliver programs and services.


Lead Author: Kimberly Greder is an Assistant Professor and State Family Life Extension Specialist at Iowa State University. You may also contact her via telephone at (515) 294-5906.
Co-Authors: Beth Fleming, Family Life Extension Field Specialist and Tom Quinn, Community Development Field Specialist, Iowa State University


Overview (Text) (PDF )
Unit 1: Importance of Working with New Audiences (Text ) (PDF )
Unit 2: Exploring Your Own Culture (Text ) (PDF )
Family Values Activity (Text) (PDF )
Life Experiences Activity (Text) (PDF )
Unit 3: Building Relationships (Text ) (PDF )
Family Scenario 1 (Text) (PDF )
Family Scenario 2 (Text) (PDF )
Family Scenario 3 (Text) (PDF )
Highlights from the National Extension Parent Education Model (Text) (PDF )
Principles and Premises of Family Support Practice (Text) (PDF )
Unit 4: Engaging New Families in Your Community (Text ) (PDF )

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