ERIC Number: ED383436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Identifying Preschool Caregivers' Beliefs about Children's Social Development. Brief Report.
Droege, Kristin L.
This study examined the assumption that all caregivers have a set of beliefs which represent their own underlying theory of child development and tested one strategy for identifying the beliefs that preschool caregivers hold. In order to classify caregivers' beliefs about children's social development, an adaptation of McGillicudy-DeLisi's (1992) Parent Belief Questionnaire called the Social Development Beliefs Questionnaire (SDBQ) was completed by 473 caregivers from 104 centers. A factor analysis was performed on the seven theoretical subscales of the questionnaire, which included psychoanalytic theory, biological model of development, gender model of development, constructivist theory, attribution theory, social learning theory, and operant theory. Caregivers' levels of education were also examined. The results of the study indicated no support for the hypothesis that child caregivers' beliefs about social development can be classified in a manner consistent with psychological theories of social development. Tables for items on SDBQ, factors produced by directors' responses to SDBQ, and caregivers' levels of education are included. (WP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Milken Family Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA.