1/14/2020 Assessment Instructions – EP001: Use a Systems Perspective to Understand the Whole Child

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Overview For this Performance Task, you will explain how ecological systems and family systems theories apply to Mahaley’s current family situation. In addition, you will imagine that you are the director of Harcourt Kindergarten and Elementary School—the new school that Mahaley moves to after a drastic change takes place in her family. You will consider how both ecological and family systems theories can be applied to better support Mahaley and her family.

Your response to this Assessment should:

Reflect the criteria provided in the Rubric, which provides information on how the Assessment will be evaluated.

Adhere to the required assignment length.

Use the APA course paper template available here. All submissions must follow the conventions of scholarly writing. Properly formatted APA citations and references must be provided where appropriate.

Professional Skill: Written Communication is assessed in this Competency. You are strongly encouraged to use the Writing Checklist and to review the Rubric prior to submitting.

This Assessment requires submission of one (1) document. Save this file as EP001_firstinitial_lastname (for example, EP001_J_Smith). When you are ready to upload your completed Assessment, use the Assessment Submission tab on the top navigation bar.

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Mahaley’s Story: An Ecological and Family System Perspective

Access the following to complete this Assessment:

Laureate Education (Producer). (2014). Mahaley’s Childhood Web [Multimedia file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Mahaley Mahe: New Student Overview

Note: While the names and interviews in the video are authentic, the information in the document and the scenario in Part II of this Performance Task are completely fictionalized. The scenario was created to assess important Learning Objectives within this Competency, but bear no reflection on Mahaley’s real life or the Mahe family.

The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. (2014). Theory: Eight concepts. Retrieved from here.

Based on information from the video, Mahaley’s Childhood Web, and the “Mahaley Mahe: New Student Overview” document, write a 3- to 5-page response that addresses the following:

Describe Mahaley’s microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem, and chronosystem. Explain how at least three of these systems influence Mahaley’s healthy development and learning.

1/14/2020 Assessment Instructions – EP001: Use a Systems Perspective to Understand the Whole Child

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Choose at least one concept from family systems theory, and explain how Mahaley’s story relates to that concept. Then, explain why understanding the concepts of the family systems theory can help support positive outcomes for Mahaley and her family.

Using the ideas from the family systems theory and ecological systems theory, explain how the changes described in the “Mahaley Mahe: New Student Overview” document might impact Mahaley’s healthy development and learning.

Explain the importance of respecting Mahaley’s family culture in this new environment in order to support her healthy development and learning.