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ERIC Number: ED423989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 8
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Assessing the Role of Head Start Family Service Workers.
Franze, Sarah E.; Foster, Martha; Abbott-Shim, Martha
The purpose of this paper is to address the evaluation of the social service component of Head Start, through its main contributor, the family service worker (FSW). Sixty-six Head Start family service workers--arranged in 3 focus groups of 10 to 20 workers--from both rural and urban communities in the Southeast met to discuss the characteristics of the family services component. Literature searches were conducted to explore assessment measures that could be used to evaluate the characteristics identified in the focus groups. Findings indicated that family service workers saw themselves in a multi-faceted role. Participants identified important personality characteristics needed by family service workers such as respect for the family, empathy, appropriate boundaries, and non-judgmental attitudes. Further, the climate of the individual program, support received by the family service workers, and job satisfaction emerged as characteristics affecting the family service worker's role. Three specific domains were derived from the focus groups for further research: characteristics of family service workers, setting characteristics of Head Start programs, and job characteristics of family service workers. (Contains 18 references.) (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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