ERIC Number: ED104528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
The Child Care Professional/Parent/Child: An Emerging Triad.
Yawkey, Thomas D.; Bakawa, Lois J.
The importance of parenting roles and home environments on the young child's learning is given support through an examination of current child development research and contemporary sociological theory. Some methods that can be employed by the child care professional to facilitate parent involvement and awareness include: (1) interaction groups between child care professionals and parents concerning perception and understanding of parenting roles, (2) guided observation of young children in group settings based upon developmental theory, and (3) facilitation of open communication within the emerging triad of parent/child/child care professional. A key ingredient of successful parent-professional groups has been the creation of group support systems, where the parenting role can be examined in detail, children can be observed in a variety of situations, and parents can be helped to better understand the demands of children's developmental patterns. A simple set of guidelines is suggested that might be developed, explained, and shared with parents before they observe a group of children. As parents and child care workers begin to share ideas and communicate about the needs of the child, the child care worker will be better able to develop approaches to facilitate parent's greater awareness and involvement in their child's growth at home and at school. (CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Div. of Early Childhood Education.