Free e-textbook: Family Life in Adolescence

FLAMany parents fear the time when their beautiful happy children will become unmanageable adolescents continually engaging in risky or destructive behaviour. Unfortunately, this view of adolescents is the focus of the media, even though it relates to just a small proportion of young people.

In Family Life in Adolescence, research is collated showing that most adolescents are responsible young people who care about their families and crave the support of their parents. The research also indicates that the quality of the relationship parents have with their adolescents is crucial to the wellbeing of those young people.

Authors Patricia Noller and Sharon Atkin discuss the need for parents to set reasonable limits on their adolescents and to expect appropriate behaviour. They also show that children who have experienced positive, caring relationships with their parents are more likely than other adolescents to behave responsibly.

Family Life in Adolescence is valuable reading for anyone interested in the development of young people and the impact of the family environment. It draws on contemporary research across the globe, showing that behaviour in adolescence builds on earlier experiences in the family. It will prove useful to practitioners from a range of professions, such as social workers, educators and youth leaders.

This 222-page book is available in both PDF and EPUB format suitable for e-readers. Both may be downloaded free of charge from: http://www.degruyter.com/viewbooktoc/product/447873

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3 new free textbooks from BCcampus

Open-Textbooks-StickerThese excellent online textbooks may be freely downloaded by students, teachers and members of the public.

British Columbia’s Open Textbook Project began in 2012 and so far contains over 70 openly licensed textbooks, each available to read online, download in PDF, ePub and mobi (Kindle) formats for free, or as low-price printed books, and educators may use, re-use, modify, and adapt the books to fit course requirements. Here I’m looking at three examples of interest to the children’s workforce.

1. Introduction to Psychology
This is a 695-page textbook aimed at first-year university students. It has 16 chapters and is in full colour – but note that this results in the PDF being a 39MB download. It is designed to help students organise their thinking about psychology at a conceptual level, and each section also includes learning objectives, key takeaways, exercises and critical thinking activities, making it highly interactive. Many in the children’s workforce will immediately want to read Chapter 7: Growing and Developing, which includes prenatal development, infancy and childhood.
Download Introduction to Psychology here: opentextbc.ca/introductiontopsychology/80x15

2. Introduction to Sociology
This is a 717-page textbook again aimed at first-year university students. It has 21 chapters and is in full colour – but the PDF file size is larger still, being a 71MB download.
This textbook adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course, organized so that topics are introduced conceptually, with relevant, everyday experiences. I began by reading Chapter 5: Socialization and Chapter 14: Marriage and Family, and found both chapters attractive and stimulating.
Download Introduction to Sociology here: opentextbc.ca/introductiontosociology/cc by

3. Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities & Mental Illness
This is a 111-page black & white textbook with 7 chapters, so the PDF is a much smaller download, being just 1.2MB. Unlike the two titles above, this one has a more vocational nature, and although children and childhood issues are covered throughout, the target audience of the book appears to be carers of adults. Each chapter presents up-to-date evidence-informed practice knowledge, and for those interested mainly in ‘what to do’, text box summaries are provided for reading and listening. Throughout the book there are links to corresponding mp3 audio clips, which makes reading the book an engaging experience.
Download Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities & Mental Illness here: opentextbc.ca/caregivers/cc by

If you want to discover more about the BCcampus Open Textbook Project, you can do so at: open.bccampus.ca, where you can also search their whole collection via open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/.

Minnesota parents know

MPKThis first-of-its-kind website remains a valuable resource.

Minnesota Parents Know is a resource filled with convenient and trusted child development, health and parenting information. The site was developed for parents by the Minnesota Department of Education, and it provides research-based information on child health, development, nutrition and safety in raising strong and healthy children.

The information on the site is organised into sections on the newborn, ages 1-2, ages 3-5, grade 12 and student-parents, and within each category there is a Parenting A-Z and a section on child development. There are a good range of videos accompanying the written information, with some available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Lao & Khmer, courtesy of ECHO Minnesota.

The history of MN Parents Know dates back to 2006, but sadly the site does not appear to have been updated since 2013, so there are some broken weblinks. Nevertheless, it remains an attractive site and is easy to navigate.

I think the site is worth bookmarking because it is free, does not require any log-in, and you may find that one day it contains just the resource that you’re looking for!

Link: http://www.MNParentsKnow.info