ERIC Number: ED179278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Preschool Parent's Questionnaire: An Analysis.
Smith, Rutha L.
The Preschool Parent's Questionnaire (PPQ) was administered, in English and Spanish, to 120 parents (95 Black, 25 Mexican) of preschool children enrolled in child care programs, to ascertain the parents' attitudes regarding four basic issues: (1) parent's relationship to the child care program, (2) parent's attitudes toward teachers, (3) parent's attitudes toward curriculum. (4) role of families in the child's life. Data related to the first issue showed that the majority of black and Mexican parents (91.1% and 87%) felt welcome at the center/school; most Mexican parents had visited the center/school one or more times while black parents had visited the center/school four or more times; the majority of black parents (59.5%) and Mexican parents (86%) had no worries or concerns about their children at school and most parents (Black and Mexican) had attended five or more parent meetings in 1979. Also, while 55% of the Black parents had made suggestions to the center/school staff only 11% of the Mexican parents had ever done so. Data on the second issue showed that most parents (Black and Mexican) preferred teachers who focused on academic achievement; 49.8% of black parents and 68% of Mexican parents thought a teacher should be well liked by children; 47% of Mexican parents feel parents are primarily responsible for the discipline of their children while 50.5% of the Black parents feel that both parents and teachers are responsible; and both groups of parents had favorable attitudes toward men teachers. Data on the third issue showed that when curriculum items which are basic to the preschool program were presented to parents, Black parents felt that each item was more important as a family responsibility than as a school responsibility. Data on the fourth issue showed that 84.1% of the Black parents and 63% of the Mexican parents felt they could effect programmatic changes and that most parents (both Black and Mexican) turned to God for help when they had a problem with a child at home. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central City Community Mental Health Center, Los Angeles, CA.