ERIC Number: ED050805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Excellent Early Educational Practices: Preliminary Report.
White, Burton L.
This document reports the first phase of a longitudinal research project designed to produce information on how to raise children so their basic abilities may develop optimally during the first six years of life. Although this Preschool Project has been in operation five years, the study is not yet completed because statements about the effects of various child rearing practices and experiences have not been put to experimental test. Nontheless, preliminary results concerning optimal and restricted development of 48 children in a natural environment can be reported. In general, child rearing interactions during years 1-3 appear to offer the most relevance for intense investigation. The mother's direct and indirect activities appear to be the most powerful formative factors in the development of the preschool child. Some "best guesses" about the most effective child rearing practices can be made. Findings suggest that effective mothers (1) are generally permissive, (2) usually but not always respond to their child's appeals for immediate help (3) act in response to overtures by the child and (4) have a high energy level. References and tables of data are included. (WY)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Center for Research and Development in Educational Differences.
Note: Paper to appear in "Interchange." Ed. by Andrew Effrat. Toronto, Canada: The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1971