ERIC Number: ED160500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Parent Education: Implications for Educational Psychology.
Dembo, Myron H.
Educational psychology departments should offer to interested students throughout the university a parent education course stressing child development and the educational process. As a result of declining enrollments in schools of education, professors of educational psychology need to develop new courses applicable to new student populations. Already some medical and dental schools offer courses in learning theory and evaluation, so a precedent has been set. Furthermore, a course such as parent education is highly relevant and has a historical tradition. As early as 1820, national groups sought to help parents be more effective with their children's moral and religious development. In the 20th century emphasis turned to emotional and personality growth. More recently parent education has stressed cognitive growth. Currently parent education courses are usually offered through home economics departments. These courses focus on family life, child rearing, and child development, and are topically rather than chronologically oriented. These courses neglect the important interrelationships of school, parent, and child. By covering these issues an educational psychology course could make a significant contribution to education. Such a course would examine the impact of the school on the child, and more specifically, the teacher's role as the facilitator of the child's achievement. The course would stress parental involvement and communication with school officials, and would cover the parents' role as teachers of their own children. The document contains a short bibliography. (BC)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Rearing, Curriculum Development, Education Courses, Educational History, Educational Psychology, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Relevance (Education)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, March 27-31, 1978); Not available in hard copy from EDRS due to poor reproducibility of original document