ERIC Number: ED377947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
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Parent and Teacher Attitudes: An Examination of Parent and Teacher Attitudes toward Developmentally Appropriate and Traditional Instructional Practice.
Wise, Carol S.
This study examined parent and teacher attitudes toward developmentally appropriate instructional practice compared to traditional skill-based instruction in the classroom. The study surveyed parents and teachers of kindergarten, first, and second grade students in Marin County, California. The results of the surveys showed that most parents and teachers strongly favor a majority of the concepts of developmentally appropriate instructional practice, and generally prefer such instruction over traditional skills-based instruction. Both parents and teachers believed that a student-centered curriculum is an important factor in children's education. However, a majority of parents indicated they believed that workbooks and textbooks were valuable learning tools, which differed from teacher opinion. The study notes that developmentally appropriate instruction is at the heart of the educational reform and restructuring movement, and that central to its implementation is a well-trained staff supported by knowledgeable and informed parents. (Two appendices contain parents' and teachers' cover letters, survey form, and results. Contains 21 references.) (AP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: California