ERIC Number: ED259829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Fostering Discipline: Instructor's Manual.
"Fostering Discipline" is a manual to be used in education for families who provide service to foster children. It assumes that the participants in the class have had prior instruction in their roles as foster parents, the purposes of foster care, the reasons why children are in care and their relationship with the agency. This instructor's manual, containing information for instructors and participants, is designed to prevent abuse in foster care and deals with some very sensitive material. It challenges many of the traditional ideas that American parents have about child rearing techniques and stresses limits placed on families who provide foster care for children. Overall, the manual argues against any use of corporal punishment with children in foster care and emphasizes positive reinforcement of desired behaviors rather than heavy reliance on punishments of any kind. Organized as a course in 10 sessions, contents focus on defining discipline; the relationship between discipline and how children learn; understanding children's behavior; specifying and assessing behavior and development; identifying and changing problematic behavior; setting rules and consequences; disciplining teens; and handling sexual behaviors. The final two sessions focus on self-assessment and course review. Related material and a list of readings for foster parents are appended. (RH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Change, Child Abuse, Child Development, Children, Corporal Punishment, Discipline, Foster Care, Foster Family, Guidelines, Instructional Materials, Parent Rights, Parent Role, Parenting Skills, Performance Contracts, Positive Reinforcement, Prevention, Punishment, Sexuality
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHHS/OHDS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti. Inst. for the Study of Children and Families.
Note: For related documents, see PS 015 092-093.