ERIC Number: ED204008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Parent Education Program Relevance to Changing Family Structures (Executive Summary).
Williams, David L., Jr.
The relevancy of parent education program (PEP) activities to family structures, especially non-traditional family structures, was examined among 209 responding PEPs in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Although programs were not randomly selected, an attempt was made to ensure that those selected included private, church, school, community, city, county, state, and federal programs. The survey instrument used covered four areas of investigation. Part I, Family Structure, asked respondents to describe the extent to which their planned program activities dealt with issues related to various family types. Part II, Topics in Parent Education, requested respondents to indicate the extent to which their planned program activities dealt with a selected range of topics. Part III, Program Description, asked respondents to describe aspects of their programs. Part IV, Participant Description, requested that respondents provide demographic information about the clients they serve according to four main variables: (1) family type; (2) employment pattern; (3) racial group; and (4) income level. Results indicated that while PEPs show signs of becoming more relevant to non-traditional families, most PEP activities are provided for traditional families. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers: Region 6; Relevancy Gap
Note: Executive summary presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).