ERIC Number: ED340467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening Parental Contributions to School Readiness and Early School Learning.
Powell, Douglas R.
Research pertaining to implementation of the U.S. first national education goal calling for parents to prepare their children for school success is reviewed and synthesized. The report is organized to inform the design of a public awareness initiative aimed primarily at parents. It reviews research in an effort to guide decisions about the content and methods of efforts to strengthen parents' contributions to their children's early success in school. Four major questions are addressed: (1) To what extent do parent practices and beliefs in the early years contribute to children's success in school? (2) What specific parent practices and beliefs are related to school readiness and success in the child's early years? (3) To what extent are desired parent practices carried out by parents, and how do parents view the task of preparing their child for school? (4) Are printed materials likely to be effective in strengthening parents' understanding of the development of their child's school-related abilities? Implications for practice identified include: (1) targeting initiatives in the early years of parenting; (2) increasing the amount of quality time spent with young children; and (3) incorporating an appreciation of the cultural and socioeconomic bases of parent behavior and beliefs into programs aimed at parents. Directions for research are also suggested. Contains approximately 165 references. (LB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Child Development, Child Rearing, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Expectation, Learning Readiness, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Parent Materials, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Public Policy, Research Needs, School Readiness, Success
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A