ERIC Number: ED025309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Aug-31
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A Study of Family Influences on the Education of Negro Lower-Class Children. Project I.
Bell, Robert R.
This study encompasses family influences on education and, particularly, values held by mothers toward the Head Start Program. In interviews, 200 Negro mothers indicated satisfaction with the educational experiences in Head Start, especially socialization of children. Interviewees felt that the mother role was important. They expressed the most common problems at home as either disciplinary or economic. Mothers perceived themselves as the most important influence on their children; teachers were a close second. Formal learning took place in school, and mothers depended on no significant community agencies for help in the education of their children. Although 73 percent aspired to a college education for their children, only 23 percent thought it would be a reality. Choosing well-known men as models for emulation for their sons, mothers selected civil rights workers of high standards, morals, and courage; and for daughters, mothers selected women of talent, achievement, and positive personality. When asked about models they had actually known, the respondents stressed positive values of economically responsible male roles and maternally responsible female roles. Fourteen tables are included in this document. (DO)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Child Development Research and Evaluation Center for Head Start.