ERIC Number: ED037244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Parent Involvement in Project Head Start. Part of the Final Report on Head Start Evaluation and Research: 1968-1969 to the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Jacobs, Sylvia H.; Pierce-Jones, John
The present study was an attempt to assess the impact of Project Head Start upon the parents of children who participated in a 6-month Head Start intervention program in Austin, Texas. The sample was comprised of 57 Negro and 51 Latin-American parents. From the Parent Interview, which was administered to the female caretaker (usually the mother) of each child enrolled in the Head Start program both before and after the intervention had taken place, scales were constructed to measure the level of general optimism reported by each parent, and the aspiration level for the participating child reported by each parent. It was hypothesized that prior parental experience with Project Head Start, current parental experience with the program, and active parental participation in the program would increase parental scores on the two scales. None of these hypotheses was confirmed. It was further predicted that children of parents who showed favorable changes on a scale would gain more from their own Head Start experiences, in terms of changes in the scores on the tests administered to them both before and after the program, than children of parents who showed unfavorable changes on that scale. This prediction was not confirmed. It was also hypothesized that Latin-American parents would show more favorable change on the scales than Negro parents; this hypothesis was not confirmed. (Author)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Blacks, Child Rearing, Compensatory Education, Family Environment, Hypothesis Testing, Mexican Americans, Parent Aspiration, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Rating Scales, Test Construction, Test Reliability
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Child Development Evaluation and Research Center.
Identifiers: Parent Interview; Personal Constructs; PROJECT HEAD START