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ERIC Number: ED486047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Understanding Family Involvement in the Preparation of Graduate Students: Measuring Family-Centered Beliefs, Skills, Systems, and Practices
Giallourakis, Angie; Kent, Kristie Pretti-Frontczak; Cook, Bryan
Harvard Family Research Project
This research project sought to develop a measure to examine the family-centered beliefs, skills, work systems, and work practices of early childhood intervention, (ECI) and early childhood education (ECE) graduate students. The study was guided by four research questions: (1) To what extent do graduate students from preservice preparation programs in ECI and ECE receive preparation in family involvement during their training? (2) What are preservice graduate students' family-centered beliefs, skills, system, and work practices? (3) What are the predictors of students' family-centeredness? and (4) What are student perceptions of family-centeredness and family involvement? The findings of the study suggest family-centered concepts and practices should be incorporated into all aspects of preservice training. Results also suggest ECI and ECE preservice curriculum materials should contain subject matter that promotes and instructs a family-centered philosophy and practice, and the Partnership Scale could measure the impact of curricula in the classroom environment, practica, and internships on family-centered beliefs, skills, system, and work practices throughout and beyond preservice students' training.
Harvard Family Research Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 3 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: 617-495-9108; Fax: 617-495-8594; e-mail:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.