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ERIC Number: ED176849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Parental Involvement in Preschool Education: Asset or Liability.
Loveridge, Robert L.; Carapella, Ruth
This paper reports factors influencing developmental growth of disadvantaged 3- to 5-year-old preschool children in a Title I program at Euclid School, St. Louis, Missouri. A Preschool Academy was designed to serve 45 preschool pupils in an area served by two neighboring elementary schools. Pupils were divided into three groups and each group attended classes for two half-days each week. The short instructional week was adopted to facilitate the inclusion of an extensive parental instructional component. Parent instruction was provided through seminars, workshops, and in-home visits from the staff. Also, parents were required to participate in class activities through classroom observations, active classroom participation, and field trips. Biweekly, booklets were given to parents to assist them in working with their child at home. It was hypothesized that increased parental involvement in these activities would have a corresponding positive effect upon pupil developmental growth. Developmental growth was assessed for each pupil through the administration of a comprehensive achievement battery as a pretest and posttest. It was concluded that the preschool program was effective in increasing overall developmental growth. While parental involvement was substantial, it could in no way be tied to the positive developmental growth of these preschool children. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)