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ERIC Number: ED182010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 99
Abstractor: N/A
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Home Visiting with Family Day Care Providers: A Report of Research Conducted with Seven Massachusetts' Family Day Care Systems.
Rubin, Stefi
Twenty-two family day care providers and twelve home visitors from seven Massachusetts agency-sponsored family day care systems completed two-part questionnaires investigating their perceptions of their own and each other's ideal and actual "on the job" behavior. Provider-questionnaire items focused on (1) physical environment of home, personal prossessions, routine; (2) materials and activities; and (3) interpersonal relationships. Visitor-questionnaire items focused on (1) frequency and duration of visits; (2) visitor roles: administrator-liaison, consultant, model-educational aide, relief; (3) interaction during visits; (4) process of visits; (5) nature of feedback. In addition, semi-structured interviews explored providers' views on adjustments within the home and with family and neighbors, their relationships with natural parents, their relationship with visitors, and their feelings about their work. Visitors were asked about the evolution and objectives of their role, about problem-solving with providers, and about their feelings about their work. Without directly assessing the behavior of providers and visitors, this project takes the preliminary step of exploring attitudes in order to develop training-support systems congruent with the particular circumstances of home-based child care. Questionnaire results suggest that providers and visitors, for the majority of items, share perceptions of the ideal provider and the ideal visitor, and of the actual provider and actual visitor. The questionnaire is appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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