ERIC Number: ED278513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
New Parents as Teachers Project: Evaluation Report.
Pfannenstiel, Judy C.; Seltzer, Dianne A.
Reported is an evaluation of a program providing information and services to first-time parents and their children from the third trimester of pregnancy until the children were three years of age. Interventions were designed to provide educational guidance to parents, to make parenting less stressful and more pleasurable, and to help parents become better teachers of their children. Findings indicated that, in contrast to a comparison group, children of participating parents (1) consistently scored significantly higher on measures of intelligence, achievement, auditory comprehension, verbal ability, and language ability and (2) demonstrated significantly more aspects of positive social development. Parents participating in New Parents as Teachers (NPAT) were significantly more likely to have had their child's hearing tested by the age of three years than were parents of comparison children, and were significantly more knowledgeable about child development, the importance of physical stimuli, and about discipline. Additional significant findings were found concerning the relationship between traditional measures of risk and measures of intelligence, achievement, and language development; staff ratings of the quality of parent participation in the NPAT project; frequency of parent participation in home visits; parents' attitudes about the responsiveness of their school district; and participants' satisfaction with project services. Appendixes include 11 data tables plus supplementary materials on the tests and data analysis methods used in the study. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missouri State Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City.