ERIC Number: ED027942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Changing Parent Attitudes and Improving Language and Intellectual Abilities of Culturally Disadvantaged Four-Year-Old Children Through Parent Involvement.
McCarthy, Janet Lee Gorrell
The purposes of this study were to analyze parent involvement as it related to (1) the development of language abilities of culturally disadvantaged preschool children and (2) the intelligence test scores of these children and to analyze parent attitudes resulting from involvement. Nine hypotheses were tested. Forty-one 4-year-old Head Starters in Terre Haute, Indiana, participated. In Group I, no parental involvement was attempted. In Group II, parents participated in general meetings. Home visiting was the technique used with Group III. Analysis of data suggested these conclusions: (1) contrary to opinion, these parents are concerned about their children and are willing to cooperate with school personnel within the realm of their capabilities: (2) home experiences influence a child's language abilities; (3) the child has more capacity to perform when his visual processes are utilized, as opposed to his audiotype processes; (4) he is very inadequate in his ability to comprehend the spoken word and to express ideas orally; (5) disadvantaged parents tend to show little trust in their children. Implications of the conclusions were discussed, and suggestions for future research were proposed. (DO)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. School of Education.
Identifiers: Hereford Parental Attitude Survey Forms; Illinois Test of Psycholinguistic Abilities; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; PROJECT HEAD START
Note: Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Education degree in the School of Education, Indiana University, June, 1968