ERIC Number: ED063549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-3
Reference Count: 0
How Mothers Teach.
Olmsted, Patricia P.; Jester, R. Emile
Two groups of mothers and children were sampled for this study. One group of 39 was identified as middle-income or higher and the other group of 32 was identified as lower-income. The children ranged in age from kindergarten through third grade. The teaching task was adapted from the Eight Block Sort used by Hess, et al. (1968). No reliable differences in mothers' teaching style occurred as a function of the age of the child, but there were marked differences in the teaching styles of mothers as a function of socioeconomic scale. The general results of this study are similar to those found in earlier studies of maternal teaching behavior. The finding that differences in mothers' teaching style are so clearly a function of socioeconomic background should provide clues to the dilemma of why the low income child so often has difficulty adapting to the typically middle income school system and structure. (BW/Author)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. for Development of Human Resources.
Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, April 3-7, 1972