ERIC Number: ED164114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Parents' Expectations-Perceptions of Preschool (P.E.P.I.). Discussion Paper No. 4.
Parental expectations and perceptions of curriculum content and processes were measured across five preschool programs in the Mt. Druitt Early Childhood Project. Twenty parents from each of the five programs (Cognitive, Competency, Contemporary, Behaviorist and Home-Based) were randomly selected to be interviewed. Interviews were partly open-ended and partly structured. The structured format consisted of a list of discrete child behaviors compiled to represent a range of goal behaviors for preschool age children. Parents were asked to rate each item on this Behavior Inventory at the beginning of the year in terms of those behaviors they most expected to be the goals for preschool and later in the year in terms of those which they thought had been influenced by the preschool program. Teachers were also asked to rate children on the Behavior Inventory and to rate the emphasis their programs had given to each of the areas. Overall results showed that parents expected preschool most of all to help children develop a range of social behaviors (cooperation, compliance) and then to help children develop certain cognitive/academic skills (communication, explanation, counting, prediction). Most ratings of the effects of preschool were high, although they were below what parents had expected. Results regarding parent expectations and perceptions as well as teacher ratings and program differences are reported, accompanied by partial data. A copy of the interview form and the Behavior Inventory are appended. (JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).; New South Wales Dept. of Education, Sydney (Australia).; New South Wales Health Commission, Sydney (Australia).
Authoring Institution: Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia). School of Education.