ERIC Number: ED289607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Parent Attitude Change through Involvement: An Examination of the Dynamics That Can Facilitate Parent Growth in Preschool Settings.
Hirsch, Elisabeth S.
Educators need to find ways to help parents to reexamine their attitudes and practices in child rearing. Such help must first overcome obstacles to attitudinal growth. Obstacles include the possible wholesale acceptance of their own parents' methods, or, conversely, their wholesale rejection due to parents' efforts to be different. Another obstacle is the typical adult resistance to learning and change. Preschool personnel are in a strategic position to help parents in the examination of their present practices, so that they can arrive at new interaction patterns better suited to the development of their children and to the promotion of harmonious family life. Parents can be enabled to change if, first, they feel full acceptance, respect, and support from educators. Second, they should be encouraged to become involved in school activities and to join a parent discussion group. Within the framework provided by accepting professionals and supportive fellow parents it will become possible to accept the challenge to some current practices. Challenge and support can enable parents to take action, i.e. to try different ways and methods of handling children. Professionals and fellow parents can then discuss, encourage, and support such attempts. As a last step the professional should help parents to conceptualize their new insights by providing feedback. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (O.M.E.P.) World Congress (18th, Jerusalem, Israel, July 13-17, 1986).