DQ 1 Module

Learning Resources


Note: Be sure to complete this module’s Discussion before reviewing the Learning Resources.


Required Resources


  • Report: America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2008

    As you read this report, consider the following questions:

    • What is your personal definition of well-being?
    • How are children faring overall in terms of the indicators used in the report?
    • How may this new knowledge and understanding impact your professional goals and future work with children and families?


Optional Resources



Activating Prior Knowledge

In the next 12 weeks, you will focus on “the well-being of children.” Pause now to consider what this phrase means to you and how, based on your current knowledge and experience, you define and determine a child’s well-being based. To prepare for this Discussion, draw on your own experiences and previous coursework to help you reflect on the following:


  • What does the term “well-being” mean to you?
  • How do you determine the well-being of a child?
  • What factors influence a child’s well-being? Which factors do you consider to be most important, and what do you know about these factors?
  • What would like to learn or gain from this course?

When you have gathered your thoughts, follow the instructions below for this Discussion.

By Day 3 of Week 1:

Post your responses to the following:

  • Write a definition of the phrase “the well-being of children” that reflects your current knowledge and thinking. As part of your definition, explain what the term “well-being” means to you. Describe how you would determine a child’s well-being and the factors that have the most influence on children’s well-being. Support your reasoning with examples from your own experiences or previous coursework.
  • Explain what you hope to gain or learn from this course. As part of your response, identify factors related to the well-being of children with which you would like to know more, and why.