Defining family, school, and community

hat is a family? How do you define a school? What constitutes a community? At first glance, these might seem like simple questions with straightforward answers. But as this week’s Learning Resources indicate, defining and describing the roles and responsibilities of families, schools, and communities in today’s world is a complex undertaking. At the same time, it is an essential task, particularly when striving to understand how relationships among the three can be leveraged for the benefit of children and adolescents. In this Discussion you will consider what, exactly, families, schools, and communities entail in a 21st century society. Reflect on the following:

  • Based on your past experiences and the Learning Resources this week, how do you define family? What responsibilities to children and adolescents do you think families bear within the home-school-community triad?
  • How do you define school? What responsibilities to children and adolescents do you think schools bear within the home-school-community triad?
  • How do you define community? What responsibilities to children and adolescents do you think the community bears within the home-school-community triad?


With these thoughts in mind, follow the instructions below to post your response to this Discussion topic.

By Wednesday:

Post an explanation of your thoughts on what defines a family, a school, and a community in a 21st century society. In addition, for each element (family, school, and community) describe at least three specific responsibilities you think it bears to children and adolescents. Be sure to use the Learning Resources to support your response.


  • Excerpt: Grant, K. B., & Ray, J. A. (2009). Home, school, and community collaboration: Culturally responsive family involvement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    • Chapter 2, “Theories and Models for Family Involvement in Schools”
      Click here to access this reading.
      Home, School, and Community Collaboration: Culturally Responsive Family Involvement by Kathy B. Grant and Julie A. Ray. Copyright 2009 by Sage Publications. Used with permission of SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC BOOKS via the Copyright Clearance Center.

      In this chapter, the authors discuss theories and models used to conceptualize families and the interplay between families, schools, and communities. Focus on the characteristics of a system and the fundamental ideas behind the theories and models of Bronfenbrenner, Dunst, Coleman, Moll, Epstein, and Comer.


      This assignment is due in 12 hours or less

      APA format please and all orginal work

      One page long



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