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ERIC Number: EJ1004335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
A Case for Increasing Empirical Attention to Head Start's Home-Based Program: An Exploration of Routine Collaborative Goal Setting
Manz, Patricia H.; Lehtinen, Jaana; Bracaliello, Catherine
School Community Journal, v23 n1 p131-144 2013
Collaborative goal setting among home visitors and family members is a mandate for Head Start's home-based program. Yet, a dearth of research is available for advancing evidence-based practices for setting and monitoring home visiting goals or for understanding how family characteristics or program features are associated with them. With the intent of stimulating empirical attention to this pivotal objective in Head Start's home-based program, this study explored a home-based Head Start program's routine practices for identifying and monitoring goals. In addition, the interrelationship of demographic characteristics and home visiting frequency with goal activity was examined. Findings from this explorative study indicated that goal identification occurred for slightly more than half of the families. Additionally, goals were largely adult focused. Goal attainment occurred at a low frequency. For the most part, family demographics were unrelated to goal activity. However, higher home visiting frequency was associated with increased goal setting. Emanating from this study are implications for practice as well as for future research. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A