Module 1 (Weeks 1–3 ): An Exploration of Well-Being
“The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.”
—Emma Goldman, political activist
National and international studies look closely at the state and the determinants of children’s well-being. This information is key to understanding children as individuals, fostering their growth and development, and advocating for social change.
Throughout your studies of child development, you will become increasingly aware that every child’s reality is actually a complex intertwining of his or her external world (family, living, and economic situations) and internal resources (levels of resiliency, strengths, challenges). Working with children and families requires understanding each child’s unique reality in order to help cultivate positive outcomes.
You will begin this module by reading the report America’s Children in Brief: Key Indicators of Children and Well Being, 2008 in order to learn about the status of children in America with regard to key indicators associated with well-being. As you read this report, you will consider your personal definition of well-being, how children are faring overall according to the report, and how your new knowledge and understanding will impact your future work with children and families.
A student will:
- Reflect on prior and desired knowledge with regard to the well-being of young children and families
- Explore and analyze factors and data associated with children’s well-being in the United States