ERIC Number: ED089872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
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A Study of Changes in Parents Employed as Paraprofessionals in a Home Intervention Follow Through Program.
Greenwood, Gordon E.; And Others
This study attempted to determine whether parent educators in the Florida Follow Through Model were affected by their work in the program. The following changes in parent educators were studied: (1) Significant increase in feelings of self-esteem, (2) significant changes in teaching behavior, and (3) changes in life style. Self-esteem was assessed by the "How I See Myself" inventory, which was administered to 377 parent educators at the beginning and end of the '71-'72 school year. Teaching behavior was analyzed by viewing videotaped interactions between teacher and parent educator and between parent educator and mother for the following variables: (1) Praising and accepting, (2) open questions, (3) closed questions, (4) lecturing, and (5) directing. Tapes were available for only 11 teachers and 10 parent educators. Life style changes were evaluated by two questionnaires, completed by 535 parent educators and project coordinators. There were significant gains in one of four factors (competence) of the self-concept measure. Teaching behavior changed in desired directions for all variables except closed questions. Finally, life style changes were reflected in self reports of increased effort to continue education, feelings of increased ability to speak "school type" English, and more confidence in understanding and managing children. (DP)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. for Development of Human Resources.; Florida Educational Research and Development Council, Inc., Ft. Myers.
Identifiers - Location: Florida