ERIC Number: ED021363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Reference Count: 0
A Pilot Study of Day-Care Centers and Their Clientele.
The study considered what alterations in child rearing environment occur for children placed in group day care, and what effects family background and the emotional climate of the center have upon extent of alteration. The sample consisted of 30 centers and their directors, 67 teachers, and 250 mothers. Responses on the schedule of child rearing practices indicated that parents used punitive methods more frequently, whereas teachers used restriction. Teachers were more consistent in their enforcement of discipline, modified their approach more according to the child's age, and were more interested in maintaining order and the smooth functioning of routine. Parents, on the other hand, had higher standards in areas of behavior with moral connotations. Because parents of low economic status were stricter than other parents and had higher expectations of behavior, their children were most likely to experience alteration. Among centers, differences were found in the degree to which teachers would accept behavior and in the type and amount of direction adults should give to children's activities. Additional data concern ethnic groups and their standards, the interviewers, and the centers' clientele, personnel, emotional climate, and programs. Specific behaviors are detailed. Conclusions stress the director's role and the discrepancy between standards and practices. Two tables are provided. (JD)
Descriptors: Administrators, Behavior Standards, Child Rearing, Community Organizations, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Discipline, Environmental Influences, Ethnic Status, Exceptional Child Research, Interviews, Methods, Mothers, Parents, Preschool Children, Private Agencies, Public Agencies, Socioeconomic Status, Teachers
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402 ($0.20).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.