ERIC Number: ED183285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Qualitative Evaluation of Parent Education Workshops and the Use of Parenting Models.
Qualitative methods were used to evaluate the impact of a parent education package, "Ways to Discipline Children" on 31 low income multi-ethnic mothers at four sites in Austin, Texas. Methods included one-hour pre- and post-interviews using open-ended questions about parenting models and discipline techniques, home observation schedules and participation-observation during the four sessions lasting 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The parenting models focused on three variables; (1) How does the parent direct and control learning? (+/-control); (2) How does the child learn? (+/- others) and (3) Is mediation or control of the environment by the parent important for learning to take place? (+/- environment). The study found that the parents could be categorized in terms of seven parenting models. The parenting models helped explain certain kinds of impact: Parents who had been abused as children had similar parenting models and reported similar kinds of changes; the use of positive discipline techniques is correlated with the self-other development variable and not with the control variables; changes in the parenting model were toward being less controlling and the dissonance between normative beliefs and parenting experience helped explain some of the changes the parents experienced in the workshop. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980)