According to the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE, 2008) Position Statement: Home Economics in the 21st Century, Home Economics professionals are advocates for individuals, families and communities. Home Economists are concerned with the empowerment and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Achieving optimal and sustainable health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities are the primary driving concerns that underpin all Home Economics philosophy and practice.
Purpose of this assessment
This assignment is designed to facilitate and encourage student learning using a “deep approach” to pedagogy. Considering the above focus statement, as an educator, you will become a valuable member of the community within which you live and work. Educators need to be able to research issues that affect their students, families and communities, and also have the skills to engage and collaborate with local families, community members and organisations. This assignment is a little different from the “usual” university assignment. The learning goals for this assignment will immerse you in an individual, family or community health and wellbeing issue relevant in your local area (Task 1 - written report), accompanied by community engagement activity (Task 2 - community-based activity) that will help you develop communication skills, critical thinking, disciplinary knowledge, cultural sensitivity, leadership, and self-reflection.
Written Report – 1500-2000 words
This written report needs to be completed so that you have the necessary background information to engage in your community-based activity (Task 2). You may choose to show your report to your selected community organisation and used for feedback or guidance, so make sure that it is professionally presented.
Your written report needs to address all of the following:
1. Identify various community services available in your local area that support individuals, families or communities.
2. Select one (1) focus issue and an appropriate organisation in your local community that addresses that issue.
3. Collect and analyse information about the issue and include in your report:
Investigate background information about your selected organisation (philosophy, mission statement, clients or target audience, services provided, key personal, structure, funding, general information, history)
Locate relevant statistics about the issue - use Australian Bureau of Statistics and/or World Health Organisation statistics;
Differentiate approaches that have been used to address the issue - what works, what hasn't worked;
Use academic research journal articles (minimum of 3) that support the approaches taken to the issue;
Clarify recommendations for “best practice” or how to tackle the issue, how to engage or communicate with clients (individuals, families, communities, the environment); and
Reflect on what else needs to be considered about the issue (complexity) - for example, cultural sensitivity, geographic location, funding, education, and so forth.
Guidelines for completing your report:
Use CQUniversity Library Resources to locate academic journal articles. Ensure that you critically analyse all information for credibility, accuracy, and reliability. Do not use inappropriate internet sources.
Use a report structure. Use appropriate headings and sub-headings to "signpost" your report and to indicate to your reader that you have addressed each section. To guide you, your report should have a title page, an introduction (approximately 250 words) that states the issue you are researching, body (approximately 1000-1500 words), conclusion (approximately 250 words), and reference list (not included in word count).
You may include pictures and diagram but only if they enhance your report.
Dot points are acceptable when listing local services; however, the bulk of the report is to be written in full sentences, use appropriate paragraph structures, spelling and grammar. Edit your work before submission. Remember that you are becoming an education professional and your own levels of literacy need to be of a high standard.
Use APA style of referencing (in-text) and reference list. Support for using APA is available in Moodle.
Further information about this assessment task is found in Moodle. You need to read both Assignment Task 1 and Assessment Task 2 in-conjunction. Weekly briefing and scaffolding in Moodle will assist you to complete these tasks.
Learning Outcomes Assessed
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1. Identify ways in which different family types and relationships function in our ever changing society and understand that the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities are interdependent, supported or challenged by social structures and change, resources availble, communication and conflict resolution strategies.
2. Critically evaluate influences such as government and non-government agencies, education and technological advances on social trends and structures in our society and their impact on wellbeing.
3. Identify the relevant points of view (perspectives) relating to a specific issue and how they impact the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
4. Outline the many factors related to the built environment that affect individuals and families such as housing designs, forms and types, population trends, history and cultural background, building materials, needs of families, work, lifestyle choices and government policies.
5. Design pedagogies and assessment instruments encompassing relevant curriculum frameworks in secondary schools.