ERIC Number: ED192883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Family and Community Studies Project. Final Report.
Espinoza, Renato; And Others
This final report of the Family and Community Studies Project (part of the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) presents an investigation of the impact of three types of parent education programs on the participant families. The study examines the underlying change philosophy of each program and the changes that families participating in the programs are undergoing. Three processes of change were proposed as a focus of study: cultural elaboration, cultural reorientation, and cultural reinforcement. Case studies were done of actual programs that exemplified these three processes. Researchers obtained data through participant-observation and interviewing methods. Conclusions about impact were based on self-reported statements by participants concerning changes in their ideas or behaviors, and on analyses conducted by researchers concerning the match and mismatch between changes intended by programs and changes that parents reported. Each case study discusses: (1) the history, community context, setting, goals, organization, recruitment procedures, and curriculum of each program; (2) the lives of the parents who participate in the program; (3) a summary of the participants' evaluations and conclusions about the impact of the program; and (4) generalizations about the program and its participants as instances of the models of cultural change proposed. In addition, field work at a school-community liaison program is described in the Appendices. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.