ERIC Number: ED220198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Enhancing the Effectiveness of Parent Education: An Analysis of Program Assumptions.
Powell, Douglas R.
Questions about the effectiveness of parent programs are addressed in this paper, which is based on the premise that an important step toward improvement is the identification and clarification of assumptions which prompt and sustain specific program structure and operations. Selected major assumptions about the ways in which programs attempt to influence parents are discussed, and three dimensions of parent programs are examined in order to identify the relationship between prevailing assumptions and program practices: the expertise and role of the professional in working with parents, the development of program standards of good parenting, and conceptions of how parents change. As a preface to the analysis of these areas, current trends and developments in the parent education field are considered. (MP)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Educational Trends, Parent Education, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Standards, Teacher Role
Ablex Publishing Corporation, 355 Chestnut Street, Norwood, NJ 07648 (Contact publisher for price).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.
Note: To be published as a chapter in "Current Topics in Early Childhood Education," Volume V, 1982, Lilian G. Katz, Editor.