ERIC Number: ED158875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Focus on Parent/Child: Extending the Teaching Competence of Urban Aboriginal Mothers.
Watts, B. H.; Henry, M. B.
This paper reports on an action research project undertaken in 1972-1973, to determine whether a parent education program with a focus on the mother/child system could be developed effectively with urban Aboriginal families. A discussion of the importance of the home as a factor shaping children's school progress is followed by a description of the social/family situation of urban Aborigines as reported in the research literature. A detailed picture of the characteristics and ongoing lives of the families participating in the project is presented. An examination of the rationales underlying a variety of approaches to the establishment of links between home and school leads to the affirmation of merit in approaches which focus on the parent/child dyad. More than a third of the report consists of a detailed description of the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project itself. A discussion of the project families focuses on family structure, size of household, housing, mobility, educational level and occupational status, health and attitudes toward self and community. The yearly objectives of the project, the research team, selection of sample, and the two major intervention programs (home teaching and library program) are also discussed in detail. Also included are a description of research methodology, an evaluation of the project and its effects on evaluation, of the parent/child approach and a set of recommendations. Appendices are included. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: Family Characteristics, Family Life, Home Programs, Home Visits, Intervention, Minority Groups, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Research, Urban Population
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Education Research and Development Committee, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Queensland Univ., Brisbane (Australia). Fred and Eleanor Schonell Educational Research Centre.
Identifiers: Aboriginal People; Australia
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