Using the Sloan Work and Family Research Network to Teach Work and Family Studies

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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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Using the Sloan Work and Family Research Network to Teach Work and Family Studies

  1. 1. Integrating the Sloan Work and Family Research Network in Research, Teaching and Practice Judi Casey Boston College Stephen Sweet Ithaca College 3 rd International Community, Work and Family Conference Utrecht Netherlands April 16, 2009 1:45-3:15pm
  2. 2. About the Sloan Network <ul><li>The Alfred P. Sloan Work and Family Research Network is the premier online destination for information about work and family. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introductions <ul><li>How would you best describe the focus of your work? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Researcher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace practitioner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy maker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counselor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Practice: What types of work-family information are you looking for? <ul><li>Locating experts or leaders? </li></ul><ul><li>Finding research data? </li></ul><ul><li>Documenting best practices? </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing a business case? </li></ul><ul><li>Following coverage in the media and popular press? </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking legislation or advocacy efforts? </li></ul><ul><li>Other? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Research and Teaching: What resources could facilitate your work? <ul><li>What types of information could facilitate your efforts as a researcher? </li></ul><ul><li>In what types of courses, do you integrate work and family topics? </li></ul><ul><li>What types of readings do you assign? </li></ul><ul><li>In what types of classroom activities do you engage? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Programming, Curricular and Pedagogical Challenges <ul><li>Breadth and Scope of Area of Study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversities of families, workers, and workplaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary perspectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wide-ranging methodologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vistas of policy initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Complexity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linkages between institutions, history, and policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global comparative concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students’ Limited “Real Life” Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of family and work roles , demands , resources , and constraints </li></ul></ul>What Departments Teach Work-Family Content Sweet, Stephen, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Joshua Mumm, and Judi Casey. 2008. “Teaching Work and Family to Undergraduate Students: Catalyzing Pedagogical, Curricular, and Programmatic Innovations.” Teaching Sociology 36: 58-65
  7. 7. Curriculum Task Force of the Sloan Network <ul><li>Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes Boston College </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen Ernst Kossek Michigan State University </li></ul><ul><li>Carrie Leana University of Pittsburgh </li></ul><ul><li>Shelley MacDermid Purdue University </li></ul><ul><li>Patricia Raskin Teachers College at Columbia University </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Secret Virginia Commonwealth University </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Sweet Ithaca College </li></ul><ul><li>Christopher Moret Fordham University </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Lambert University of Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>Lonnie Golden Penn State, Abington </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Sweet Ithaca College </li></ul><ul><li>Margaret Usdansky Syracuse University </li></ul>2005-2007 2007-2009
  8. 8. Using the Sloan Network to Access Scholarly Research, Statistics, and Detailed Summaries
  9. 9. Orienting Work-Family Inquiry: The Work and Family Encyclopedia
  10. 10. Quick Access to Facts
  11. 11. Blazing Paths: A Source of Comprehensive Understanding
  12. 12. Helping Students Frame Their Research and Analyses <ul><li>Margaret Usdansky uses Topics Pages and the Literature Database to guide student projects. </li></ul>From Margaret’s syllabus….. Assignment 1, Identifying and Defining Your Topic and Main Argument: The Topics Pages on the Sloan Work-Family site are a useful source for selecting a topic and formulating a main argument. Take a look at the site before you begin. You are not limited to the topics identified by Sloan but are free to draw on them. To begin, peruse the Topics Pages or other sections of the Sloan web site to come up with ideas for your paper topic. Once you’ve identified a likely topic, search the Sloan data base or other data bases discussed in class to identify two scholarly empirical articles relevant to your topic. Avoid topics for which you have trouble identifying relevant empirical articles as you will ultimately need 10 articles for the completed paper…… Margaret Usdansky (Syracuse University)
  13. 13. A Portal to Work-Family Research: The Literature Database
  14. 14. A Resource for Instruction and Course Design: Syllabi
  15. 15. A Resource for Class Activities
  16. 16. A Resource for Course Components: Work and Family Modules <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>Engaging Students in the Sloan Work and Family Research Network </li></ul>Modules currently available: Modules in development:
  17. 17. 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>
  18. 18. Module: Surveying the “Best of the Best” A Seminar Based on Research Articles Nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Work-Family Research
  19. 19. Using the Sloan Network to Locate Experts and Establish the “Business Case” for Family Responsive Policies
  20. 20. Who’s Who in Work and Family Should you be listed among the “who’s who” of work-family leaders? Contact: Judi Casey, [email_address]
  21. 21. A Link To Social Networks <ul><li>Sloan Network LinkedIn Group: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1271477&trk=anet_ug_hm </li></ul><ul><li>Sloan Network Facebook Group: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sloan-Work-and-Family-Research-Network/21749107883 </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// twitter.com/SloanNetwork </li></ul>
  22. 22. A Means to Locate Organizational Best Practices and Case Studies
  23. 23. Establishing the Business Case with Students <ul><li>Susan Lambert assigns her students to engage in field work, interview workers, and link their analyses to the Workplace Flexibility Case Studies available on the Sloan Network </li></ul>Susan Lambert (University of Chicago)
  24. 24. Family-Friendly Employers
  25. 25. Using the Sloan Network to Access U.S. State-level Public Policy and Legislation
  26. 26. A Source For U.S. State-level Public Policy Information
  27. 27. Using the Sloan Network to Stay Updated on Work-Family News and Events
  28. 28. News and Upcoming Events
  29. 29. Join Us! Become a Sloan Network “Affiliate” <ul><li>Affiliate today! </li></ul><ul><li>Click on FREE Subscription – it takes 2 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Affiliates receive the monthly “Network News” with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>interviews with work-family leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>news and updates from the Sloan Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reports about work-family issues in countries around the world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>information about selected publications recently added to the Literature Database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>announcements for conferences and calls for papers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Affiliates also can obtain access to selected full-text articles from the Literature Database (with password). Contact [email_address] for the password. </li></ul>
  30. 30. The Work and Family Blog
  31. 31. Becoming Part of the Sloan Network Community
  32. 32. Opportunities to Contribute to the Sloan Work and Family Research Network <ul><li>Compose - entries for the Work and Family Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Submit - syllabi for Teaching Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Share - teaching activities and class exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Become - a work-family leader in the Who’s Who database </li></ul><ul><li>Guest Blog - share your thoughts about a particular work-family issue </li></ul>
  33. 33. Contact Us <ul><li>Questions? Need more information? </li></ul><ul><li>Want to contribute? </li></ul>Judi Casey [email_address] Stephen Sweet [email_address]

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