ERIC Number: ED042506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Parent-Child Center, November-December 1968.
Harrison, Frederica; Thogerson, Ann
A Parent-Child Center Program was designed to test the theory that a major cause of a disadvantaged child's academic problems is the lack of proper maternal support. The 10 subjects for this study of program effectiveness were black, without husbands, and each had a 1 1/2 to 3-year-old child. Mothers met twice a week for 6 weeks in a 2-part program that focused (1) on their children's language development and (2) on their own development in child rearing, cooking and sewing skills. A preschool teacher gave instructions on how to stimulate children's language development and motivation to learn through appropriate use of day-to-day experiences. Group discussions were encouraged at these meetings. The children had a special program, too, that was intended to provide experiences in an environment that fostered cognitive, perceptual, and language development. The program took place in a well-equipped kindergarten room and was based on children's need for order and predictability, an alternating pace, mediated experiences, a sense of success and a general language facility. Measures taken of both mothers and children provided description of subjects, program evaluation, and evaluation of the measuring instruments used. The program activities were judged to be appropriate for the subjects. (MH)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Duke Univ., Durham, NC.