Global Ecology of the family



Assignment 3: Interview Paper: Cultural Competency

Interview a professional who works with culturally diverse families (ethnically diverse or families from different countries). Examples where you can find them are: child care centers, schools, social work agencies.

Ask the following questions:

1Describe your work and responsibilities. How did you start in your work?

2Describe the families that are involved in your work. What are their cultural backgrounds? Do you find their backgrounds similar or different than yours?

3What do you find rewarding in working for culturally diverse families? What example(s) can you cite?

4What do you find challenging in working with culturally diverse families? What example(s) can you cite?

5How do you face the challenges? What helped you in responding to these challenges?

6How do you prepare yourself so that you are effective in your work with culturally diverse families?

7What will you suggest to people who are interested in working with culturally diverse families and individuals?

Submit a 3-4 page paper. The paper will include the following:

1A complete and comprehensive summary of the responses from the interview with an introduction of the interviewee (name of interviewee may be left out for confidentiality). A summary is NOT a transcript of what went on during the interview. Use your own words to explain the answers of your interviewee to the questions you asked.

2An explanation of what cultural competency of professionals looks like when working with the particular culturally diverse families involved in the interviewees work. Students will apply at least five key concepts (and highlight the concepts in yellow) from the required articles specified below. Integrate the highlighted concepts with the interviewees responses. When you integrate, you do not just mention the concepts or use as examples but explain what the concept is all about and how it fits in with the interviewees responses.

Required articles (look for these in the D2L link):

Kalyanpur, M. (1998). The challenge of cultural blindness: implications for family-focused service delivery. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 7, 317332.

Suh, E. E. (2004) The model of cultural competence through an evolutionary concept analysis. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 15, 93-102.

Weaver, H. N. (1999). Indigenous people and the social work profession: Defining culturally competent services. Social Work, 44, 217-225.

Students will cite and reference sources (including articles and interview) in APA Style.

Example of a citation within text:

In an article about family ecology (Bronfenbrenner, 1986, p. 739), it is explained that …


Bronfebrenner (1986) explained in an article that family ecology is …

Example of citing an interview within the text (no need to add interview to your list of references but you must to cite it within text):

C.S. Smith (personal communication, January 5, 2010) clarified that her job in school required her to meet parents regularly.


She further clarified that her job in school required her to meet parents regularly (C.S. Smith, personal communication, January 5, 2010).

Example of a reference entry of a journal article:

Bronfenbrenner, U. (1986). Ecology of the family as a context for human development:

Research perspectives. Developmental Psychology, 22, 723-742.

There are different ways to cite and enter sources in the references list. For example, there are different formats for online sources, books and chapters of books. Please check the materials that were suggested in the course guidelines for using APA style.

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