ERIC Number: ED329356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of the Parent and Child Education (PACE) Program.
This review of the Parent and Child Education (PACE) program discusses the professional literature that supports the PACE model, data analysis of the program, and suggestions for improving the design of program evaluation. The PACE program is based on widely accepted ideas about the relationship between family characteristics and children's educational and social outcomes. An extensive literature shows that parental behaviors and attitudes are associated with children's vocational aspirations, and that these aspirations are related to educational achievement. Based on this literature, PACE hypothesized that an intergenerational cycle of undereducation in some families results in educational failure. The program hopes to change parental attitudes that undervalue education and to cause parents to serve as better educational role models and teachers of their children. Results of various investigations show that PACE met its initial objective of causing 70 percent or more of adult participants to obtain a GED (General Educational Development) diploma, improve academics by two grade levels, or complete one program cycle. An implicit objective of changing parental aspirations for their children's educational outcomes was also met. However, the program needs an evaluation effort capable of demonstrating its effectiveness and cost-efficiency. Seventeen tables and charts and 74 references are included. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Office of Research and Planning.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky