ERIC Number: ED424016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting Family Learning. Training Guides for the Head Start Learning Community.
RMC Research Corp., Portsmouth, NH.
Intended for use in training staff concerned with building bridges between the family learning environment and Head Start, this guide broadens the idea of "parents as teachers" beyond the instructional role parents play, by looking at the entire family learning environment. Following an introductory section, the guide presents four training modules. Each module details expected outcomes, key concepts, background information, learning activities, and next steps. Handouts are included for each module. Module one, "Parents Are First Teachers," describes factors affecting children's learning, ways that parents support learning, and how parental beliefs affect how and what children learn. Module two, "Observing Family Learning," describes everyday experiences that contribute to learning, observation techniques to identify elements of supportive family learning environments, and approaches to promoting thinking and learning. Module three, "Supporting Family Learning Goals," describes how to use observation to individualize services and how to use home visits and conferences to support family learning. Module four, "Advocating for Quality Care," identifies factors associated with quality in a child care setting, critically evaluating children's learning environments, and matching family needs and preferences to quality services. The final sections of the guide contain suggested activities and sources for supplemental information that can assist participants in extending learning opportunities. (SD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: RMC Research Corp., Portsmouth, NH.