ERIC Number: ED201432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Choctaw Home-Centered Family Education Demonstration Project. Final Report.
Quigley, Patrick A.; And Others
The final report of the four-year (1972-1976) Choctaw Family Education Project identifies the major goal, "to demonstrate a workable early childhood model for rural reservation groups," and consists of an executive summary, a comprehensive report, and a personalized report. Objectives of the project, carried out in 6 Choctaw reservation communities in Mississippi and involving 224 children and their parents, are described: to use a community sub-entry system to train and use Choctaw community members (1) as home visitors to work with Choctaw mothers in establishing an environment stimulating to the cognitive development of the Choctaw child, ages birth through four, and (2) to collect data on the educational potential of the home environment and its effects on the children and their caregivers, as well as enhancing attitudes, skills, and knowledge of child development among mothers and raising the educational level of home visitors. The report concludes that: the project produced a model for early childhood education compatible with Choctaw family and culture; the approach used is more acceptable among families having lower occupational and educational status than are center-based programs; the model is cost-effective; and the approach is recommended for migrant and other rural groups. (MH)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Child Development, Child Rearing, Community Involvement, Cultural Influences, Developmental Tasks, Early Childhood Education, Family Environment, Family Programs, Home Programs, Home Visits, Mother Attitudes, Mothers, Paraprofessional Personnel, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Philadelphia.; Behavior Associates, Tucson, AZ.
Identifiers: Choctaw (Tribe); Mississippi; Relevance (Cultural)