November 21, 2008



Being individuals who may have an interest in families and family issues, we wanted to let you know about upcoming Special Topics that we are offering this Spring 2009 - registration information is below the course description:

CI 5900 Special Topics in Family, Youth, and Community
Sec 001 - Parents as Couples/Couples as Parents
Sec 003 - Creating Curriculum from Community Settings
Sec 004 - Fatherhood
Sec 006 - Reflections on Family Life


Sec 001: Parents as Couples/Couples as Parents
1 Credit Registration #: 72330; Instructors: Ted Bowman and Beth Magistad; Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 9:00 am-4:30 pm; Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Parents have many roles: children, spouses/partners, siblings, friends, employee, community volunteer . . . the list could go on. In much of parent/family education, primary attention has been given to the role of parenting. In this class, the intersection of two family roles will receive scrutiny and attention: the roles of partner or spouse and of being a parent. The course is designed for parent and family educators in school, community, corporate, and religious settings who work with parents that are also part of a couple relationship. The emphasis of the course will be on working with these people in groups or individual sessions.


Sec 003: Creating Curriculum From Community Settings

3 Credits Registration #: 74478; Instructor: Robert Shumer; Wednesdays, Spring 2009; Jan 24 through May 8, 2009; 4:40 pm-7:20 pm

Most curriculum courses teach you how to develop curriculum for a specific discipline or subject. They provide goals and learning activities to accomplish those goals. In this course we reverse the process and teach you how to build curriculum from community experiences based on interest. We start with an interest—e.g., fishing, travel, or sports—then build courses around the experiences, covering all the academic subjects found in school and college. You pick the topic or interest area and you explore the learning as you build your own curriculum.


Sec 004: Fatherhood (online course)
1 Credits Registration #: 74480; Instructor: Chris Buzzetta; Internet Delivered; Five Weeks - Feb 6, through March 13, 2009; Discussion Boards - Fridays-Tuesdays; Live Chats - Thursdays 7:00 pm-7:45 pm

Fathers play unique roles in developmental outcomes for children. Especially prevalent are their impact on social development, cognitive development, and academic achievement. These roles include dad as: 1) economic provider, 2) friend and playmate, 3) caregiver, 4) teacher and role model, 5) monitor and disciplinarian, 6) protector, 7) advocate, and 8) resource. We begin to see fatherhood in its own light apart from motherhood; dads are not just substitute moms. This course will explore the father-child relationship, and participants will explore: attachment theories in relation to fathers, topics of diversity, changing perspectives on masculinity and gender roles, and single fatherhood. They will also discover ways the father-child relationship can be fostered within educational settings.


Sec 006: Reflections on Family Life
3 Credits Registration #: 76156; Instructor: Lynn Englund; Thursdays, Spring 2009; Jan 20 through May 8, 2009; 4:40 pm-7:20 pm

This course is intended for students who are interested in exploring and reflecting on the richness, complexity, and diversity of family-life experiences and critically examining some of the aims and ideals of family life and the contexts that may influence them to help us arrive at our own understanding of family life and the aims and ideals that they aspire to hold.


Registration Information:
If you are already admitted as a degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking student at the University of Minnesota, you can register by going to:

Non-University students are also welcome and are encouraged to enroll for some of these courses. Please complete the enrollment packet* (2 forms) found at:

*You will need Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader to open these PDF documents. You can download a free copy of Acrobat Reader from:
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

For more information, contact the course instructor or Heather Cline at This information subject to change without notice. For updated information, please check

Please feel free to share this information with individuals you think may be interested. If you need any assistance or additional information, please contact me.


Heather Cline
Parent and Family Education
Licensure Coordinator

Family, Youth, and Community
Curriculum and Instruction
245 Peik Hall
159 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

(612) 624-1294 phone e-mail

EDPA 5734 Institutional Research in Postsecondary Education
92512 -001 LEC; 04:40 P.M. - 07:20 P.M. , Thursdays (01/20/2009 - 05/08/2009); Nicholson Hall #110; Leonard S. Goldfine,; 2-3 credits

Don't miss this opportunity to gain both theoretical as well as practical experience in the field of Institutional Research.

Institutional Researchers have a variety of job titles depending on where they work: planning offices, assessment, budget, student services, academic affairs, accreditation, and also faculty.

Whether you plan to work directly in an office of Institutional Research or work in the policy arena making use of institutional research products, or even just plan on conducting research on the people and products associated with a college or university, this class will provide you with a base understanding of this rapidly growing field. In addition to readings, classes will include guest speakers - those who work in the field and those who rely on institutional researchers to do their job - and practical exercises in building and maintaining an Office of Institutional Research and/or an Institutional Research agenda. Topics covered include issues in student research such as graduation/retention and other definitions of success; faculty and staff research such as salary equity and tenure; facility research; and much more.

Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute 2009 - Social Justice in the Era of Accountability
Dates: February 25-27
Location: Holiday Inn Select & Suites, Bloomington, MN (near Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport)

University of Minnesota students may receive up to two credits toward evaluation colloquium requirements for the MA and Ph.D. degrees:

Requirements for 1-Credit Option:
• Register for the 1-credit course via OneStop by electing EDPA 5524/EPSY 5246 Evaluation Colloquium section #79766
• Wednesday, February 25 through Friday, February 27.
• S/N Only. Paper required. Instructor: Karen E. Stout.
• Register for the conference by paying the student registration rate of $135.00 (see or contact Ann Mavis at or 612-624-1489).

Requirements for 2-Credit Option:
• Register for the 1-credit course via OneStop by electing EDPA 5524/EPSY 5246 Evaluation Colloquium section #79766. Wednesday, February 25 through Friday, February 27. S/N Only. Paper required. Instructor: Karen E. Stout.
• Register for the 1-credit reflection section via OneStop by electing EDPA 5080 Special Topics: MESI (section 031). #79768
• Class dates: February 20 and March 13, from 4-6 PM. Nicholson Hall 335
• S/N Only. Instructor: Karen E. Stout

• Register for the conference by paying the student registration rate of $135.00 (see or contact Ann Mavis at or 612-624-1489).

Contact Sara Beverage ( or 4-7574) to register after January 27, 2009.

OPTIONAL: Pre-Institute Workshops
Monday and Tuesday, February 23 and 24, 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Cost: $285.00
• Session 1: Introduction to the Field of Program Evaluation; Stacey Stockdill, EnSearch
• Session 2: Focus Group Methods; Richard Krueger, U of MN
Attendance at pre-institute workshops is optional and students do not receive academic credit unless special arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Sponsored by:
• Department of Educational Policy and Administration
• The Evaluation Group, Institute on Community Integration
• Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
• Minnesota Evaluation Association
Please pass this information along to other students who may be interested in attending. We look forward to seeing you at MESI 2009!


CI5906 Program Planning in Family Education (3 cr.)
Thursday 4:40-7:20 pm. * Peik Hall, Room 46; open to upper level undergraduates and MA, MEd and PhD students
Instructor: Susan Walker, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction (

Course description: Professionals in any field who work with families can benefit from understanding approaches to the development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs that help meet learner needs, capitalize on strengths, and program goals. This course provides students with two essential perspectives in educational program planning for family issues - improvement (e.g., objectives-based, outcome driven) and attunement/critical inquiry (e.g., empowerment). Through reading, critical analysis, discussion and in class application, the class will collaboratively explore the perspectives as they best fit with audience needs. Skill building includes program planning in each perspective through the development of independent projects. This semester will explore the use of online technology in the delivery of family education programs from both perspectives, including the idea of social networking as a platform for informal learning.

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