ERIC Number: ED382406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Face of Parenting Education. ERIC Digest.
Kagan, Sharon L.
Research has increased our knowledge about the relationship between demographic conditions, family life, and child outcomes. Such increased knowledge has filtered into public consciousness. American parents recognize they can benefit from help in meeting their parenting duties, and social service providers are responding to parents' needs. Parenting education and family support programs are growing in number and becoming increasingly diverse on many dimensions of program operation. What binds these diverse programs together is a common set of principles: (1) focusing on prevention; (2) working with the entire family; (3) viewing the family as an active participant in planning the program; (4) nourishing cultural diversity; (5) focusing on strength-based needs analyses programming, and evaluation; and (6) employing flexible staffing practices. Parenting education programs are also facing a number of important issues. These issues are: equity; the voluntary/involuntary issue; understanding parental competence across various cultures; program quality, and training and credentialing of parent educators; measuring program results in terms of what programs can be expected to accomplish and designing scientific evaluations to measure those results that interventions are intended to achieve; and the need to engage in cooperative planning, coordinated service delivery, and infrastructure development across programs, communities, and states. Contains nine references. (BC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.
Identifiers: Equal Access; ERIC Digests; Parent Needs; Program Characteristics; Voluntary Participation