ERIC Number: ED433166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Field Test of a Spanish-Language Version of "Family Connections 1."
Cowley, Kimberly S.; Childers, Robert D.
"Family Connections 1" consists of 30 four-page issues for families of children aged 3-5 years. Each issue begins with a front-page message to families on such topics as parents as first teachers or how children learn through play. Issues also feature activities for families to do together and selections to read aloud to children. A Spanish translation, "Relaciones Familiares 1," was published for Spanish-speaking families in 1996. This report describes a field test of "Relaciones Familiares" with Spanish-speaking families participating in the South Central Community Head Start program in Twin Falls, Idaho. The families spoke Spanish as their primary home language and identified themselves as Mexican American or Hispanic. Data collection strategies included a family educator reaction form, a follow-up telephone interview of family educators, and a parent reaction form. Two rounds of data collection involved a total of 18 family educators and 79 families. Results indicate that: (1) the materials were not inappropriate or offensive to the culture or customs of the families served; (2) family educators best liked the guides' ease of use, the way they brought parents and children together, and the variety and simplicity of the activities; and (3) parents used the guides and found them to be fun, interesting, useful, and easy to do. Appendices contain evaluation forms and interview questions. (Contains 15 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho