ERIC Number: ED373936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Pilot Test of Family Connections 2.
Penn, Patricia H.; Childers, Robert D.
Given the help they want and need, families do spend time with their young children in developmentally appropriate learning activities. Following a successful experience with Family Connections 1, the Rural Excel Program at the Appalachia Educational Laboratory (AEL) developed a second volume of 22 colorful, four-page guides to learning, designed for parents to use with their kindergarten and early primary children. AEL pilot tested the guides at 10 predominantly rural schools in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Evaluation questionnaires were completed by the 34 cooperating teachers and 439 parents of students in kindergarten, grade 1, or mixed primary classes. Both parents and teachers reacted positively to the publication and reported that children also responded favorably. Teachers found the activities developmentally appropriate for students and agreed they would recommend Family Connections 2 to other teachers. The pilot test revealed that the guides are suitable for use with kindergarten children and with mixed-age classes limited to K-1. Rural Excel staff involved key educational leaders in all stages of product development, thereby increasing the likelihood of product acceptance. Appendices contain parent and teacher questionnaires and parent comments. (TD)
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Elementary School Students, Family School Relationship, Field Tests, Instructional Material Evaluation, Material Development, Parent Attitudes, Parent Materials, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Primary Education, Questionnaires, Rural Education, Teacher Attitudes, Young Children
Appalachia Educational Laboratory, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348 ($6).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.