ERIC Number: ED387728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-9
Improving, through Participation in Workshops, Parents Demonstration of Play-Skills within the Family.
This practicum was designed to increase parent awareness of the importance of family play interaction and to foster parents' ability to demonstrate these playskills as a couple and within the family. Questionnaires and personal interviews confirmed the need for more information on the importance of play and of age-appropriate play skills. A workshop was developed to enable parents to accomplish four goals: (1) to recognize their misunderstandings about play; (2) to teach the importance of both couple and family play; (3) to help participants understand the reasons for their lack of playful behavior; and (4) to inform parents about age-appropriate play. Small and large group sharing, personal family interviews, and literature dissemination were also used to assure a complete knowledge base. Analysis of the data gathered and observation of the families indicated that the parents increased in both knowledge and demonstration. There was an increase of two or more points on all playfulness questions, indicating an overall better understanding of the benefits of playful behavior in the family. Communication with families proved to be a positive factor in increasing family cohesiveness. Four appendices contain survey instruments and an observational checklist. (Author/KW)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Child Rearing, Children, Communication Problems, Communication (Thought Transfer), Family Counseling, Family Involvement, Family Problems, Family Structure, Group Counseling, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Play, Positive Reinforcement
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.