ERIC Number: ED055652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Opinions and Attitudes of Head Start Trainees Toward Poverty and Prejudice.
Harris, Elizabeth; Stith, Marjorie
The purposes of this study were to determine opinions and attitudes of selected Head Start trainees toward poverty, prejudice and disadvantaged families, and whether attitudes differed among trainees. The 62 subjects were trainees (ranging in age from 19 to 69 years) who attended one of three 8-week training sessions conducted by the Department of Family and Child Development at Kansas State University in 1966. Data sources were an information checklist, and attitude scale, and opinions expressed in an essay and in informal group discussions. Study findings showed that the Head Start trainees' opinions about poverty, prejudice and disadvantaged families varied widely. Race, education and occupation appeared to be the most important indicators of these opinions and attitudes. This study points out the need for training staff personnel to understand and accept opinions and attitudes of trainees who participate in programs sponsored by the Office of Economic Opportunity. In order to effectively teach, the training personnel need to help trainees start where they are in the learning process. (Author/MK)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC. Community Action Program.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan.