ERIC Number: ED245841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Parental Attitudes about Education and Children's Early Adjustment to Kindergarten.
Martin-Huff, Ellen M.
A study was conducted to investigate (1) the relationship between mothers' and fathers' attitudes about education at the time of their children's kindergarten entry, and (2) the relationship between these parent attitudes and children's kindergarten adjustment. Subjects were drawn from the kindergarten rosters of four suburban elementary schools in a metropolitan area of Ohio. Questionnaires were sent to all-white English-speaking two-parent families who had nonhandicapped children entering kindergarten for the first time. A total of 129 mothers and 119 fathers responded. Instruments used were the Parent Attitude Toward Education Scale and the First Grade Adjustment Scale. Results indicated that, as their children begin school, parents value education and are confident that the schools will do a good job of educating. The positive relationship between mothers' and fathers' attitudes about education thus suggested that families react to events as a system. However, only mothers' attitudes were related to children's school adjustment. Specifically, maternal attitudes were significantly related to children's scores on the Physical Status and Motor Behavior and the Intellectual Abilities and Behavior subscales of the First Grade Adjustment Scale. No significant relationships were found between fathers' attitudes and children's adjustment scores. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).