ERIC Number: ED151090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Parent Education Materials: What's Needed?
Sparling, Joseph J.
This paper presents a survey of consumer needs for various types of parent education curriculum materials. The paper suggests that needs assessment should be an important part of any curriculum development process. The survey addressed four questions: (1) current sources of information about children, (2) desirable content for new materials, (3) preferred media, and (4) possible uses of new materials. Nine sites representing diverse geographic areas were chosen for the study. The survey was administered to instructors and students in junior high, senior high, and community college classes in early childhood or parenthood education, as well as to day care staff, administrators, and parents through interviews, group discussions, and questionnaires. Results suggested that printed materials would be preferred by administrators; printed materials supplemented by audio-visual aids would be useful for teachers, parents and students; and person-oriented approaches would also enhance material for parents and students. The survey indicated a desire for information about child development as well as for ideas for skills to use in working with children. Requested media included books, educational movies, loose-leaf notebooks and audio-visual filmstrips. Results also indicated that these materials would be used most frequently by teachers and caregivers as a reference source for working with students, children and parents. (BD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978) ; Research reported on was supported by Parents Magazine Enterprises, Inc., N.Y. and Northwest Child development Council, Inc., N.C.