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ERIC Number: ED557138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-3
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
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Direct Study of Parenting: A Serendipitous Outcome in a Course on Adult Development
Williams, Robert B.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, "Section on Women and Psychology," Preconvention Workshop #8, (76th, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Jun 3, 2015)
This paper describes the activities of a course on adult development. The course intended to sensitize participants to the theories and reality of adulthood and aging by introducing them to selected literature on adult development and to the preparation of case records and mastery of activities that permit an analysis of the adult's world. The case records were based on ordinary daily observations, conversations and other information written in bound composition notebooks in the form of dated anecdotes. A serendipitous outcome was that many of the adults that the participants studied were parents. Parenting became a serious focus of the case records and a noteworthy outcome was learning about the developmental tasks of parenting. Havighurst (1972, 1980) describes the tasks of parenting in early adulthood (18-35 yrs.) as rearing children and in middle age (35-60 yrs.) as assisting teenage children to become responsible and happy adults. What was documented in the case records would likely have been labeled by Havighurst as the developmental "task-lets" of parenting. Examples of these "task-lets" are the provision of and/or oversight of affection, nutrition, hygiene, grooming, rest, monitoring behavior, care in illness, socializing with extended family, church and school attendance, and family recreational activities. Participants also gained awareness of the impact of parenting on adult development. Excerpts from a case record provide examples of a case profile, how recurring behaviors are documented, the multiple hypothesis method, and coding of anecdotes. Copies of an adult candidate's consent form, an adult profile guide, and a case study guide and review form are included in the appendices. [Paper contains References and Selected Resources.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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