Francesca Adler-Baeder, Ph.D.
Professor & Extension Specialist
Ph.D., University of North Carolina Greensboro, 1999
(334) 844-3234 | 263 Spidle Hall
Parent Education (HDFS 4670). The purpose of this class is to prepare students to work with parents using theoretically-guided and research-based knowledge of parent-child relationships. The emphasis is on understanding the paradigms, theories, and empirical literature on parenting and child outcomes that undergird best practices in parenting education. It is also important to understand the diversity of experiences that provide the context for parents' approaches to parenting their children. In addition, any work with families involves examining our own underlying assumptions about family relationships and parenting practices and how they impact our work. Coursework includes this examination. In addition, this course covers basic principles regarding the process of facilitating parent education. Parent education can take place on a one-on-one level as well as with groups of parents. The student is provided an important base for further development of parent education skills.
Independent Study (HDFS 7900 [graduate]) various topics: military couples, ethnic minority stepfamilies, stress and coping in couple relationships, divorce and remarriage, program development and implementation, evaluating community-based programs, parental aggression, instrument development methods.
Practicum (HDFS 3910 [undergraduate] and HDFS 7910 [graduate]) outreach to children, families, and community professionals
Service Learning (HDFS 3920) resource development and outreach for youth and parents
Undergraduate Research (HDFS 3990 and 4990) intervention, prevention, and action research
"Divorce effects on children"
"Understanding stepfamily dynamics"
"Opportunities for HDFS work in the Cooperative Extension System"
"Using your HDFS degree in non-academic settings"
"Teaching parents using the National Extension Parent Education Model"
"Development of the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model"
"Program development and evaluation methods"
"Documenting impact in multi-site implementation models"
"The engaged university: building bridges"
"'Action' research and policy"