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Teaching About Work And Family Life

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This presentation describes how to use the resources of the Sloan Work and Family Research Network to teach work and family classes. It highlights the resources that are most useful to the academic community.

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Teaching About Work And Family Life

  1. 1. Teaching Workshop Teaching About Work and Family Life www.bc.edu/wfnetwork Stephen Sweet Ithaca College Judi C. Casey Boston College Susan Lambert University of Chicago Christopher Morett Fordham University Margaret Usdansky Syracuse University Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association Boston, MA August 2, 2008
  2. 2. About the Network <ul><li>The Alfred P. Sloan Work and Family Research Network is the premier online destination for information about work and family.  The Network serves a global community interested in work and family research by providing resources and building knowledge. Current, credible, and comprehensive, the Network targets the information needs of academics and researchers, workplace practitioners, state public policy makers, and interested individuals.  It’s the place to find high quality research and reports, easy-to-read summary sheets and briefs, as well as work and family topic pages – all in one location. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>2005-2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Boston College </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ellen Ernst Kossek </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan State University </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Carrie Leana </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Pittsburgh </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shelley MacDermid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purdue University </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Patricia Raskin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers College at Columbia University </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mary Secret </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virginia Commonwealth University </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stephen Sweet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ithaca College </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2007-2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Christopher Morett </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fordham University </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Susan Lambert </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Chicago </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lonnie Golden </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Penn State, Abington </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stephen Sweet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ithaca College </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Margaret Usdansky </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Syracuse University </li></ul></ul>Curriculum Task Force of the Sloan Work and Family Research Network
  4. 4. Work and Family Modules <ul><li>Modules currently available </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of Work-Family Issues in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Work-Life Issues in the Workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Work-Family Policy in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Surveying the “Best of the Best”: A Seminar Based on Research Articles Nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Work-Family Research </li></ul><ul><li>Modules in development </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging Students in the Sloan Work and Family Research Network </li></ul>
  5. 5. Module: Overview of Work and Family in the United States <ul><li>Class 1: Fundamental concepts in work and family </li></ul><ul><li>Class 2: Historical overview of work-family: Changes from pre-industrial to industrial arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>Key Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Definitions of families </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of employment and family contexts </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional interfaces, spillover, crossover, conflict, and enhancement </li></ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary perspectives </li></ul>
  6. 6. Module: Surveying the Best of the Best: A Seminar Based on Research Articles Nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Work-Family Research
  7. 7. A Resource for Instruction and Learning
  8. 8. Course Syllabi
  9. 9. A Resource for Teachers and Students
  10. 10. Class and Workshop Activities
  11. 11. <ul><li>Pedagogies of Teaching Work-Family </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology: </li></ul><ul><li>Content analysis of published work-family teaching activities </li></ul><ul><li>Sample: </li></ul><ul><li>All articles published in Teaching Sociology from 1990-2006 related to teaching Work-Family issues (N=26) </li></ul><ul><li>All exercises/activities in ASA Resource Manual: Teaching Work-Family (N=22) </li></ul>Source: Sweet, Pitt-Catsouphes, Mumm and Casey (2007)
  12. 12. Work-Family Course Curricula Methodology: Content analysis work-family syllabi Sample: Syllabi accepted in ASA Resource Manual: Teaching Work-Family N=16 Note: Topics may be more frequently covered in classes than our observations indicate. Source: Sweet, Pitt-Catsouphes, Mumm and Casey (2007)
  13. 13. Putting the Teaching Activities to Work <ul><li>What topics do you try to cover in your courses? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the Network have examples of strategies others have used? </li></ul>
  14. 14. A Premier Destination For Work-Family Resources
  15. 15. Work-Family Encyclopedia
  16. 16. Sample Encyclopedia Entry <ul><li>Entries Cover: </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Importance to W-F </li></ul><ul><li>State of Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Policy and Research Implications </li></ul>
  17. 17. Chris Morett Fordham University Sociology and Anthropology
  18. 18. Course syllabus <ul><li>FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO WORK-FAMILY CONFLICT </li></ul><ul><li>Family composition: Trends in marriage, divorce, and fertility </li></ul><ul><li>The workplace: Job design and workplace culture </li></ul><ul><li>Consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Child care </li></ul><ul><li>Gender, the division of labor, and segmentation/inequality </li></ul>
  19. 19. Course syllabus <ul><li>CONSEQUENCES (POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE) </li></ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of multiple roles </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges of multiple roles: How work affects individuals, their partners, and their children </li></ul>
  20. 20. Course syllabus <ul><li>Work-family strain and community: How do they affect each other? </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections on service-learning </li></ul><ul><li>The life-course perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Welfare reform, work, and family </li></ul><ul><li>Private and public policies to address work family conflict: America and abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Work and family later in life: Workers, parents, and spouses </li></ul><ul><li>The Opt-Out Revolution??? </li></ul><ul><li>Prospects for the future, prospects for change </li></ul>
  21. 21. Teaching goals <ul><li>Primary substantive content </li></ul><ul><li>Other important/interesting topics </li></ul><ul><li>Being sociological </li></ul>
  22. 22. Research: Locating and Generating Resources for the Encyclopedia <ul><li>What topics would you like to see in the Encyclopedia? (and let’s see if they are already there!) </li></ul><ul><li>Would you have any interest in writing an entry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On family responses or outcomes? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On workplace responses or outcomes? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On methodology? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On policy? </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. A Portal to Work-Family Research
  24. 25. Advantages of the Literature Data Base <ul><li>Full Text Access Multidisciplinary </li></ul>
  25. 26. Putting The Literature Database to Work <ul><li>What issues are central to your research, teaching, or policy initiatives? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you envision using this resource with students? How? </li></ul>
  26. 27. Margaret Usdansky Syracuse University <ul><li>Using Topics Pages in Work-Family Courses </li></ul>
  27. 28. A Source of Comprehensive Understanding
  28. 29. Using the Topics Pages
  29. 30. A Source for Definitions
  30. 31. A Source for Statistics
  31. 32. Identifying Legislation
  32. 33. Paths for Student Research
  33. 34. A Link To Social Networks Should you be listed among the “who’s who” of work-family leaders? Inquire to Judi Casey <caseyjt@bc.edu>
  34. 35. A Quick Means to Locate Facts
  35. 36. Putting the Statistics Database To Work <ul><li>What statistical facts would be useful to have at your fingertips? </li></ul><ul><li>Can these be integrated into lectures? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the implications of having students use this resource? </li></ul>
  36. 37. A Source For State Policy information
  37. 38. State Profiles
  38. 39. Susan Lambert University of Chicago <ul><li>Integrating Case Studies and Fieldwork into Courses on Work and Work-Family </li></ul>
  39. 40. A Means to Locate Organizational Practices
  40. 41. A Means to Find News and Upcoming Events
  41. 42. The Network News
  42. 43. Number of Schools Programming of Work-Family In Course Offerings Methodology Content Analysis of college catalogues Sample: Random sample of 50 Carnegie Colleges & Universities with a high enrollment of undergrads Measures: A formal Work-Family course Work-Family embedded within a course Source: Sweet, Pitt-Catsouphes, Mumm and Casey (2007)
  43. 44. What are the biggest challenges you face in integrating work and family topics in your courses? What pedagogical strategies can help overcome these hurdles? <ul><li>Have you developed innovative approaches to teaching work-family issues? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To contribute activities or syllabi, contact Stephen Sweet <ssweet@ithaca.edu> </li></ul></ul>
  44. 45. Opportunities to Contribute to the Sloan Work and Family Research Network <ul><li>Compose - entries for the Sloan Work-Family Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Submit - syllabi to the Teaching Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Share - teaching activities and exercises for the Teaching Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Nominate - to participate in the 2009-2010 Work-Family Curriculum Task Force and/or Leaders Database </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Judi Casey - caseyjt@bc.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Sweet – ssweet@ithaca.edu </li></ul>www.bc.edu/wfnetwork
  45. 46. Join Us <ul><li>Affiliate today: ITS FREE ! There is no charge! </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Join Us – it takes 2 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliates receive the monthly “The Network News” with: </li></ul><ul><li>- interviews with work-family leaders, </li></ul><ul><li>- news and updates from the Sloan Foundation, </li></ul><ul><li>- information about selected publications recently added to the Literature Database </li></ul><ul><li>- announcements for conferences and calls for papers </li></ul><ul><li>A discounted subscription to: </li></ul><ul><li>Community, Work and Family </li></ul><ul><li>Access to selected full-text </li></ul><ul><li>articles in our research </li></ul><ul><li>Literature database </li></ul><ul><li>(with password) </li></ul>

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