ERIC Number: ED448909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
What Grown-Ups Understand about Child Development: A National Benchmark Survey. Comprehensive Report.
DYG, Inc., Danbury, CT.
This national survey examined the level of knowledge of 3,000 American adults (including 1,066 parents of children aged birth to 6 years) regarding child development issues, with particular emphasis on the intellectual, emotional, and social development of young children. The study also examined what the general public thinks about selected policies which have an impact on children and families. Findings were organized in the following areas: (1) when and how children develop; (2) supporting children in their development; (3) the importance of play; (4) expectations of young children; (5) spoiling; (6) discipline; (7) adult-child relationship; (8) preparation for parenthood; and (9) selected policies that impact children and families. Findings indicated that while adults are well informed about many areas of child development, there are important information gaps. Knowledge was related to parent education, gender, generation, and parental status. Significant gaps were evident in adults' understanding of children's ability to sense what is going on, the most beneficial forms of play, appropriate expectations for children of various ages, discipline, and spoiling. Most adults supported paid parental leave and governmental financial assistance to help pay for quality childcare. (Three appendices list the advisory board and child development literature sources and contain the questionnaire. Contains 67 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Adults, Child Development, Child Rearing, Children, Discipline, Early Experience, Expectation, Knowledge Level, National Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Parent Background, Parent Child Relationship, Parents, Play, Public Policy, Tables (Data)
ZERO TO THREE, National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, 734 15th Street, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005; Tel: 202-638-1144; Web site: http://www.zerotothree.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: CIVITAS Initiative, Chicago, IL.; Brio Corp., Germantown, WI.
Authoring Institution: DYG, Inc., Danbury, CT.
Note: The A. L. Mailman Family Foundation supported ZERO TO THREE's work on the survey.