ERIC Number: ED190990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Parent Education: Does It Make a Difference?
Wade, Benny B.
In response to the interest in the potential good that may result from the development and implementation of parent education programs, the Dooly County (Georgia) school district organized several parent education efforts beginning in 1973-74. During the 1976-77 school year, the reading coordinator decided to conduct a parent education program among the parents of first grade children and to utilize a control group in an attempt to determine if parent education was making a difference. The parents of approximately 50 first grade children were asked to participate in a series of ten workshops that were each two hours in length. In addition parents were asked to work with their children for a minimum of 10 minutes per day for at least 30 weeks. Meetings were videotaped and any parent missing a meeting was asked to make it up by viewing the videotapes. Thirty-five parents completed the project. The data indicated that the treatment used made no difference in the first grade reading achievement of the children involved. Other studies suggest, however, that a longer period of time for the treatment may have resulted in greater improvement of student achievement. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (5th, Nashville, TN, February 6-9, 1980).