ERIC Number: ED426773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Walking the Talk: A Study of Training in Five National Family Support Programs.
Porter, Toni; Rice, Rena
Although family support programs vary in program goals and service delivery, their common features constitute an approach for working with families. The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) to gather basic information about how programs prepare their staff to use the family support approach and to identify commonalities and differences in their training; and (2) to create a framework to analyze training for family support in general. Methods for the study included selecting programs for case studies, collecting data from the training materials, interviewing program directors and training staff, and creating a framework for comparing the training. Training manuals were obtained from the selected programs: Parent Services Project, Minnesota Early Learning Design Program for Young Moms, Avance, Parents as Teachers Birth to Three, and the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters. Findings came under several areas: (1) program description, including training goals and trainees' characteristics; (2) program philosophy; (3) program goals, including the explicitness of goal statements, intended populations, and consistency; (4) training curriculum content, including topics covered, information on content, process, and procedure, and the balance and consistency of content; (5) training process, including consistency with adult learning principles, teaching strategies, duration and number of training sessions, setting, and group size; (6) design of materials, including organization and text accuracy; and (7) acknowledgment of cultural diversity, including explicitness of recognition, customs and traditions, language, parenting styles, gender, and socioeconomic status. (Two appendices list the family support training curricula and profile the family support programs. Contains 10 references.) (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Center for Family Support.