ERIC Number: ED124301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
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Development of a Child Development Family Laboratory: An Experimental Project.
Hatfield, Loretta M.
This paper describes a family laboratory project designed to provide young children with opportunities to participate in learning experiences with babies, school age children, adolescents, adults who were single or married, parents and grand parents. A review of the literature focuses on the need for communication between children, parents, teachers and people of different ages. Descriptions of the family laboratory's communication procedures, group composition, evening social activities, field trips and schedule adjustments are given. Evaluation of the project was based on scheduled parent conferences, student teacher conferences and informal interviews and conversations with parents, teaching assistants, student teachers, fellow teachers and interested colleagues. Mid-year and end-of-the-year questionnaires were sent to participating families in order to determine their reaction to the total program and their involvement in it. While child attendance was high, parent participation did not meet desired levels. The results of the program are discussed with attention to possible effects the program may have had on its participants and suggestions are given for future projects. (Author/SB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Communication Skills, Elementary School Students, Family Programs, Family Relationship, Family School Relationship, Interaction Process Analysis, Literature Reviews, Middle Class, Older Adults, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Conferences, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Questionnaires, Research
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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