ERIC Number: ED357840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Promoting Epistemological Development and Parenting Skills of Rural, Impoverished Mothers.
Bond, Lynne A.; And Others
The Listening Partners project examined rural mothers' development of a sense of the power of their own minds and voices and the relationship between this sense of power and mothers' parenting strategies and their children's development. Two cohorts of 60 women from a rural, impoverished region of Vermont participated in the program. Half the women in each cohort were involved in small weekly discussion groups that focused on promoting opportunities and skills for high-quality, reflective peer dialogue. Women's group activities included sharing responses to questions; keeping journals on audiotape; transcribing and editing group discussions; interviewing; telling stories about their own and their children's growth; collaborative problem solving; and publishing. Preceding and following the series of group meetings, and again 9 months later, the women completed the Ways of Knowing assessment of epistemological position. In addition, the mothers completed other assessments of parent-child communication beliefs, self-esteem, and social support; children completed assessments of problem solving and preschool competence; and mothers and children were videotaped during interactions at home. Results indicated that mothers with complex epistemological perspectives endorsed more cognitively demanding, nonauthoritarian, and nondirective parenting strategies than mothers with simple epistemological perspectives. The group meetings proved especially useful for women who entered the program with simple epistemological perspectives. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, LA, March 25-28, 1993).