ERIC Number: ED543685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1939
Reference Count: 0
Biennial Survey of Education in the United States, 1934-1936. Bulletin, 1937, No. 2. Volume I. Chapter IX: Parent-Education Programs in City School Systems
Lombard, Ellen C.
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior
The establishment of a parent-education program provides a way by which parents may get accurate information on the program and policies of the superintendent; it helps parents to improve their methods of guidance at home; and it shows them how, as a group and individually, they may cooperate successfully with school authorities in meeting school needs. Such a program for parents furnishes instruction in mental health or hygiene which will be of practical value in solving their own personal problems. This chapter has been prepared to answer inquiries of school administrators and others as to what constitutes a parent-education program, how and for whom it functions, what it costs, what it accomplishes, and what superintendents of schools think of parent education as they observe its progress in their own school systems. Specific information for this study was gathered through questionnaires which the Office of Education sent to superintendents of schools in 300 selected cities, each of whom had expressed an interest in parent education or had reported that projects were already established in their schools. In addition, 13 cities having parent-education work were visited by the staff members in charge of parent education in the Office of Education. During these visits conferences were held with superintendents and directors in charge of the work, and through first-hand observation of methods and practices interpretations have been made which would not have been possible otherwise. Information presented in this chapter was further amplified through correspondence and printed reports. Sections within the chapter include: (1) Purposes and Activities of Parent Education Programs; (2) Characteristics of Parent Education Programs; (3) Inauguration of a Program of Parent-Education; (4) Outcomes of Parent Education Work Seen by City Superintendents of Schools; (5) Summary; and (6) Reference Materials Prepared within State or Local Programs of Parent Education. The superintendent questionnaire on parent education in city school systems is appended. (Contains 10 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Educational History, National Surveys, Parent Education, Parent School Relationship, Parent Conferences, Urban Schools, School Districts, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Educational Finance, School Administration, Superintendents, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Home Economics, Adult Education, Questionnaires, Observation, Interviews, Reference Materials, Worksheets
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: United States Department of the Interior, Office of Education (ED)