ERIC Number: ED231449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Parent Education in Chicago: A Program of the City Colleges of Chicago and the Chicago Board of Education.
Crocheron, Crystal J.; And Others
A Parent Education Program was initiated in Chicago in fall 1981 to promote parental interest and involvement in their own and their children's education. The program's rationale, which is supported by studies of parent behavior and child development, is that involved parents will have a positive impact on their children's educational and personal achievements and self-concept. Whereas most parent education programs are home based and involve the parents of infants or very young children, this program is directed mainly at the educational skills of the mothers of school-age children and is based in the children's elementary school or a nearby Chicago Youth Center. The Parent Education Program was evaluated in spring 1982 to determine its effects on the parents and children involved and areas for improvement. Interviews were conducted with eight parents, who were all single, unemployed, black women; eight of their children; and their children's teachers. The interviews revealed that the mothers took courses in hopes of completing requirements for a high school diploma or to improve job opportunities, and that they felt the courses enhanced their ability to be involved in their children's education. The children expressed interest in school and felt both they and their mothers had benefited from the program. Teachers commented upon the mothers' interest in their children's education and noted that the children were very good students, both academically and socially. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago City Colleges, IL. Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning.
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)