ERIC Number: ED340461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Improving Parent Interactions in the Center Setting through Parent Training Sessions.
Gross, Vernon Keith
This practicum paper describes the design and implementation of a workshop series which acquainted parents with the growth and development of preschool children. The program was developed because the children of these parents attended a day care center which had no systematic means of providing parents with information about children's developmental stages. Objectives of the workshops were that parents would: (1) be informed about the philosophy and programs offered by the community's child care services organization; (2) come to understand the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of preschoolers; (3) develop an understanding of the ways in which the center's programming incorporated the developmental stages identified in the workshops; and (4) incorporate their learning into the home situation. The establishment of a support system among the parents was another goal. The workshop series consisted of 10 sessions which corresponded to the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive areas of growth and development. Each workshop focused on the skills involved with one area; how the preschool curriculum incorporated that area; and how parents could best encourage the children's success in the area with simple yet effective activities. The "hands-on" approach allowed parents to experience situations. In addition, parents were provided several activities to do at home, and returned assignments for discussion. By the end of the workshop series, parent interaction in the center increased slightly in most areas evaluated. Appended are 43 references and related materials. (Author/GLR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Curriculum, Day Care Centers, Emotional Development, Minicourses, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Workshops, Physical Development, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Social Development, Training Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.