ERIC Number: ED197854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
An Ecological Assessment of Maternal Teaching Style During Play Between Black Mothers and Toddlers.
Slaughter, Diana T.
This paper presents a rationale for observing black mothers during semi-structured play activities with their toddlers. It appraises the strengths and weaknesses of such situational assessments of mother-infant dyads, arguing that in addition to observational data the collection of introspective interview data from mothers is essential. Interview data provide additional evidence for the validity of observed interactive behaviors. An attempt is made to illustrate, by reporting examples from field study data, how observational and interview data cannot be substituted or interchanged; rather, the two sets of data are complementary and should be combined to provide a truly "ecologically valid" assessment of black families and children. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Grant Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper originally presented at a Symposium on the Black Life Cycle, University of California (Berkeley, CA, February 15, 1977).