ERIC Number: ED213724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Title I Parent Education Programs.
Yurchak, Mary Jane; Stix, Susan
This booklet describes the goals and organization of many early childhood Title I (ECT-I) parent programs and suggests evaluation methods. The information is intended for program planners, evaluation personnel, and teachers. Only activities that involve parents in the education of their child so as to improve his academic competence are discussed. The methods of parent education are difficult to define. Many parents may have access to successful child rearing information, but are unable to implement these ideas. There is also no evidence of a causal relationship between specific parental and child behavior. Most programs of parent participation provide joint activities to develop a child's language and cognitive skills. Other programs emphasize the process of learning as more important than the content. These programs encourage parents to allow exploration in a safe and stimulating environment. A multi-faceted evaluation strategy is necessary which is matched to the program. Evaluation should focus on the program, not the parents. Instruments should be short, simple, and readily analyzed to yield information useful for program improvement. Parents should be involved in planning, implementing and evaluating their own programs. (DWH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Huron Inst., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I