ERIC Number: ED259034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Spafford Community Center Community and Early Childhood Education Project. A Descriptive Paper about the Paraprofessionals in the Project.
Haj-Yahia, Muhammad, Ed.
The Community and Early Childhood Education Project (of the Spafford Community Center in East Jerusalem) conducts a course which trains indigenous mothers to work as paraprofessional instructors of other indigenous mothers. The course includes both theoretical and practical material, and deals with two main areas. The first is a child's development and basic needs, including love, nutrition, and everyday care; phenomena such as fear and jealousy, and the importance of games and play are also discussed. The second area is the mother as an individual within the family, and her role within the family dynamics; the importance of her independence, self worth, and self esteem are stressed. Both these areas are presented in theoretical lectures which are followed by group work in which the trainee mothers participate in discussions, test their own feelings and behavior, and receive immediate, firsthand responses from the other trainees or a staff member. The rationale behind training and employing non-professional supervisors is that because they speak the same language and have the same cultural background as the supervised mothers, their involvement will help to increase client involvement in the project and change the self-images of the mothers through changing the mother-project relationship. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel (Jerusalem)