ERIC Number: ED021624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Head Start Evaluation and Research Center. Progress Report of Research Studies 1966 to 1967. Document 2, Studies of the Social Organization of Head Start Centers.
Horton, Donald; And Others
An exploratory, qualitative, and comparative research study concerning sociologically relevant aspects of project Head Start (HS) was conducted in two New York City HS centers. The study investigated (l) the internal organizational development of the HS centers, (2) teacher-parent relations in HS, (3) HS in relation to the family life of the participants, (4) the HS program of organizing parents for group action, (5) organizational relations between HS and the public schools, and (6) the characteristics of the sponsoring agency and the participating population. An inductive method was employed in the study. Theoretical formulations were developed as the project proceeded and were refined as new data were obtained. Data were collected chiefly through observation and informal interviewing. An overview of the first year of the research study is presented in this project report, which includes information concerned with (1) the chronology of activities and of program development, (2) the formulation of research problems, (3) research methods, (4) field procedures, (5) special problems of field work, (6) analytic procedures, (7) a review of findings on two selected problems (internal organizational development and the HS program of organizing parents for group action), and (8) future directions of the project. (JS)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Field Studies, Interpersonal Relationship, Interprofessional Relationship, Interviews, Observation, Organizational Climate, Paraprofessional Personnel, Parent Counseling, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Role Conflict, Social Workers, Staff Role, Volunteers
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY.