ERIC Number: ED042512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
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Application of Group Dynamics Procedures to Promote Communication among Parents and Teachers.
Stern, Carolyn; And Others
This Head Start study sought to determine whether or not increased communication among the four groups of adults most influential in the child's transition from preschool to kindergarten would lead to a greater similarity of goals and attitudes among these groups, and thus help the child to bridge the gap between preschool and school. The four groups of adults are the parents, kindergarten teachers, Head Start teachers, and day care teachers. Eight monthly meetings were scheduled for these groups with parents and teachers meeting separately. It was hoped that through these meetings parents and teachers would demonstrate a greater similarity in goals and attitudes. A control group had no such meetings. The groups were pre- and posttested on the ADRES (an alienation questionnaire, Attitude Differences Related to Economic Status) and the TEACH Scale (an assessment of achievement goals for 5-year-old pupils, Teacher Expectations of Achievement for Children in Head Start). Pretest differences between groups were highly significant, showing a gap between the educational values of the groups. Pre-post analysis of TEACH revealed a trend toward similarity in goals among members of the experimental group, although the small sample and poor parent attendance render the results statistically undependable. (MH)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Head Start Evaluation and Research.