Fall 2001

R 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

FB 313

A. O’Malley, Ph.D.

Office: 305a FunkhouserTel. 257-1648Fax224-0379

Office Hours: M/F1:00-1:45 p.m.

R3:30-4:30 p.m.aomall@uky.edu

Other times by appointmentajomall@aol.com


Historical development, current programs, and emerging trends in family life education will be examined -- with particular emphases on programs and techniques for teaching sex education, marital relations, parenting, and human development. 


Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

-Describe the underlying philosophy and broad principles of family life education.

-Compare and contrast the roles of the family, church, school, and community agencies

in family life education.

-Express the relationship between one’s personal values/beliefs and family education content areas.

-Formulate a personal philosophy of family life education.

-Identify and evaluate the existing resources available for teaching family life

education concepts.

-Plan, implement, and evaluate family life education programs.

-Identify and discuss political, social, and economic issues which influence the

scope and development of family life education.


Brooks-Harris, J.E. and Stock-Ward, S. R. (1999). Workshops: Designing and Facilitating Experiential Learning.Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Powell, L.H. and Cassidy, D. (2001). Family Life Education: An Introduction. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.

Price, S.J., McKenry, P.C., and Murphy, M.J. (2000). Families Across Time: A Life Course Perspective. Readings. Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury.




1.Class attendance and participation:Attendance is an essential ingredient of class

participation.Each student is expected to attend all class sessions and to participate

in class discussions by raising questions and issues, responding to questions, and

engaging other students in discussion.

Religious holidays:Students are entitled to an excused absence for the purpose of

observing major religious holidays.However, the instructor must be notified in

writing by the second class session.

2.Reading as assigned throughout the semester.It is essential that students complete

assignments prior to each class session. Class discussions and activities will assume

that the student has control of the reading material.

3.Philosophy Paper:Each student will submit a seven to eight page paper describing

his/her philosophy of family life education and how it relates to the student’s area of 

specialization/professional work with individuals and families.The paper should 

reflect readings and in-depth thinking related to the history, philosophy, definition, 

goals, and values of family life education.The contents of this paper are to be shared

in class.

4.Review of the research literature related to student’s curriculum/workshop or a review of related program materials and curriculum resources, or a workshop Presentation.

5.Completion of the NCFR Application for Certified Family Life Educator and an assessment of personal progress toward the CFLE certification. 

6.Presentation of topic from Workshops text.

7.Observation/participation: Community-based family life education program/event

Note:All assignments will be thoroughly discussed and explained during class sessions.

Students are responsible to contact classmates for missed lecture notes, class hand-

outs, and explanations of assignments.

All assignments must be typed and prepared according to APA guidelines.

Handwritten/hand printed papers will not be read by the instructor.

Papers must be handed in within the first 10 minutes of the class session in order 

to be “on time”.All other papers are “late” (except in cases of documented

excused absences as defined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities

Handbook).Grades on late papers will be reduced in proportion to the number of

days late (reduction of 5 % for each day late).


The final grade for the course will reflect attendance and class participation as well as the scores earned on papers, projects, and presentations.Points will be assigned in the following manner:

Philosophy Paper…………………………………………75 points

Curriculum Project………..……… ………………………50 

NCFR Application………………………………………15

Topic Presentation………………………………………..25

Community Based FLE Event…………………………... 25

Class Attendance and Participation……………………140

 Total……………………………………………………..330 points

Students are required to complete all papers, projects, and presentations in order to earn a grade of “C” or better for the course.Upon completion of all assignments, grades will be determined in the following manner:

297 – 330 = A

264 – 296 = B

231 – 263 = C

198 – 230 = D

0 – 197 = E

Any resources borrowed from the instructor must be returned no later than the last class session.A student’s grade will be withheld until all borrowed materials are returned to the instructor.Failure to return borrowed materials by the end of the semester may result in a university punishable disciplinary offense.


1. Reasonable accommodations:If you have a special need that may require an

accommodation or assistance, please inform the instructor of that fact as soon as

possible and no later than the end of the second class meeting.

2. Classroom Etiquette

-Arrive on time.If you are late, take a seat near the door.If there are no seats near the door, you may stand or sit on the floor.DO NOT walk in front of classmates or the instructor once class has begin.

-Remain present for the entire class period. (Leaving class early will result in a recorded absence). Notify the instructor in advance if you have to leave class early.

-Remove all hats and caps upon entering the classroom.

-Turn pagers and cell phones off upon entering the classroom.

-No food is to be eaten during class sessions.

-Show respect for others by your speech, behavior, and body language.

3. Writing Skills

-It is assumed that all students in this course can communicate effectively using standard written English.Assignments, in part, are designed to sharpen academic writing skills as well as to foster critical thinking/reflection related to the course content.Therefore, all out-of-class assignments will be evaluated for grammar, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and organization of ideas. Writing mechanics are important! The Writing Lab in the Young Library has been established to help students with writing skills.Use it if you need it!

4. Academic Standards

All members of the academic community are expected to produce their own scholastic work.When using outside sources, students are to give credit for ideas and information taken from others.The minimum penalty for cheating is an “E” for the course.




Aug. 23   Introduction to Course  Syllabus

Aug. 30Family Life Education:What Is It?PO-1, 11,App. A

PR -1

Sept. 6The Professionalization of FLEPO-2, 3, App. B

Selection of Curric. TopicPR-13

Sept. 13Needs Assessment and EvaluationPO-4, 6, App. C

H-3, 8,

Sept. 20The Adult LearnerPO-5

An Integrated Model of Workshop DesignH-1, 2, CFLE Applic. due

Sept. 27Creating A WorkshopH-4, 5

Oct. 4Leading the WorkshopH-6, 7, 9

Oct. 11   Philosophy Paper due  PR-12

FLE:Family Resources Management

 Communication and Problem Solving  

Oct. 18   Sexuality Education  PO-7, 8, App. D and E


Oct. 25   Education for Relationships  PO-9 

And MarriagePR-4, 6, 7

Nov. 1Parent EducationPO-10


Nov. 8To Be Announced

Nov.15   Divorce and Remarriage Education  PR-2, 3,  

Nov. 22   Academic Holiday

Nov. 29The Middle YearsPR-11

Dec. 7    Later Life   PR-15, 17

Policy Issues

  Community Based Event due