Teaching Family Policy
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||If you are an instructor interested in making family policy come alive for undergraduate and graduate students, check out the second edition of Karen Bogenschneider's book, Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professional Can Do. Drawing on hundreds of studies in the last 20 years, this new edition brings a fresh perspective to family policy, underscoring why it is needed, and outlining how professionals can bring research and analysis to bear on policymaking. Bogenschneider incorporates new research and provides updates on recent policies that are changing the political landscape of families. She proposes a theoretical framework for conceptualizing policy issues in a way that holds the potential for overcoming controversy and identifying common ground.
The accompanying Instructor's Manual provides step-by-step guidelines for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on family policy including:
This book and manual are ideal for teaching family policy courses.
- teaching philosophy
- a publication on teaching family policy in undergraduate and graduate classrooms
- an undergraduate and graduate family policy syllabus
- undergraduate and graduate daily lesson plans
- instructor activities, alternative activities, assignments and student handouts, and
- several classroom PowerPoint presentations.
||Evidence-Based Policymaking: Insights from Policy-Minded Researchers and Research-Minded Policymakers provides an insiderís view of how the policymaking process really works. Through a series of in-depth interviews with researchers, state and federal level policymakers, and intermediaries who serve between the two, and a thorough review of the literature, the authors provide insight into how to strengthen the relationship between researchers and policymakers so as to increase the use of research in policymaking. It examines why researchers and policymakers do not easily interact and, when they do, why the
communication is often strained. By closely examining this interaction, the authors provide insight in to their communication patterns and strategies for improving the interaction. The book reviews the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and approaches needed to take research findings from the laboratory to legislative bodies.