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ED10348: The family as educator: cross cultural issues

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%*
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (3000 words)* (CW 100%)

*Assessment updated due to Covid-19 disruptions
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The intention of this unit is to:
* provide a comparative understanding of the role of the family as educators.

Learning Outcomes:
In completing this unit students would be expected to:
* compare and contrast definitions, processes and models of socialisation and the view of childhood that underpins those theories
* be familiar with definitions and debates concerning the meaning of family as a social construction
* be familiar with the debates concerning the concept of parenting, mothering and fathering, and its relationship to children's needs
* have an increased awareness of the diversity of cultural perspectives on the family and its role in education
* be familiar with the positioning of parenting and families in legislation and policy


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (assessed essay) [T/F/A]
* Effective oral communication (seminar presentations) [F]
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources [T/F/A]
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models [T/F/A]
* Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question [T/F/A]
* Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer [T/F]
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines [F/A]
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision of guidance [F/A]


* An examination of the term family: the variety of family structures and associated debates about the meaning of 'family'; history concerning the emergence of the nuclear family and cultural significance of extended family
* Functions of the family: the role of family in education. socialisation - definitions and models; factors important for the socialisation process
* Parenting and expectations of parenting and parental behaviour in different contexts; including notions of mothering and fathering
* Family support and parent education programmes
* Children's learning and family , research studies on cross cultural comparisons of socialisation
* The family as policy - and the implications of policy for parenting and families.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED10348 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology (Year 1)
  • UHED-AKB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology with Professional Placement (Year 1)