ERIC Number: ED043378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Mothers' Training Program: Educational Intervention by the Mothers of Disadvantaged Infants.
Twenty mothers of culturally disadvantaged children took part in a program of self-help which was both child- and mother-centered. Two groups of ten mothers each met weekly with two staff members over an 8-month period and were trained to tutor their infants (1 to 2-years-old) in their homes. Fifteen of the initial 20 mothers remained in the program a second year. The program included: (1) training mothers to use educational toys and materials to stimulate their children's learning in sensory-motor, concept, and language development; (2) discussion of child-rearing problems; (3) fostering attitude change through sharing ideas; and (4) helping the mothers to develop self-confidence and responsibility. Regular home visits were made by staff members to observe mothers working with their babies and to make helpful suggestions. The implementation section of this report describes recruitment of mothers and selection of educational materials. Also given is an account of the weekly meetings which emphasized verbal interaction and involvement of the group and their leader. At the end of the training period each mother completed a questionnaire evaluating the program. Both these evaluations and staff judgments indicated that the program was successful in meeting its objectives. (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Inst. of Research for Exceptional Children.