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ERIC Number: ED032926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul-1
Pages: 25
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Mothers' Training Program: The Group Process.
Badger, Earladeen D.
This study hypothesized that mothers from a low socioeconomic area could be trained by teachers to implement an infant tutorial program using their 1- to 2-year-old children as subjects. The 20 mothers recruited were ADC recipients or met the OEO poverty definition. Mothers agreed to attend a 2 hour weekly class to learn teaching techniques to be applied at home. Meetings were divided between child-centered activities (presentation of educational toys and materials) and mother-centered activities (discussions on child management and birth control). The second year program suggested mothers use positive reinforcement, show increased interest in learning, and give children experience in problem solving. Study results showed that the infants made intellectual gains on the Stanford-Binet and ITPA. Mothers showed much interest in the 2 year program, attended regularly, and became involved in paraprofessional teaching and Head Start. Teacher observations during home visits indicated that mothers' attitudes changed positively in respect to teaching their infants. The study concluded that parents must be included in programs for the disadvantaged and that the time variable is crucial to attitude change since it was the second year before mothers developed the self-confidence to use at home what they had learned in class. (DR)
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Identifiers: PROJECT HEAD START; Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale