Developing and testing a self-instruction unit in parent education Public Deposited

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  • Most parents want their children to grow into independent adults, able to make decisions with which they can live, and able to cope with the pressures and problems of a world different from that which the parents have known. Parents are teachers of their children and as such they need to search out and identify those things they want for their child. When a child is able to make decisions and choose goals for himself, he will be influenced by attitudes and behaviors taught to him during early developmental years. Though each child and each parent is unique, parents who have a general knowledge of the growth and development patterns of children stand a better chance of fulfilling the child's needs. As parents are faced with the numerous facets of the parental role, many realize their limitations. Many parents look for interpretations of child behavior and development that will be meaningful to them. The purpose of this study was to develop a self-instruction unit in child development. The content of the lessons was directed to parents of children one to three years old. Child development concepts in line with parent concerns were identified prior to lesson development. The extension family life specialist worked very closely with the writer in developing lesson content. Copies of completed lessons were submitted to both the extension family life specialist and head of the family life department for approval. Parents of toddlers in seven Oregon counties or county units were subjects of the study. The self-instruction unit was administered through the already established system of the extension organization. Because it was a research project, all registrants were sent a fact sheet, which provided information about family, education, vocation and age. This was returned with the pre-test before the parent received the first lesson. The method of disseminating the information was by correspondence. The self-instruction unit was divided into four lessons. Lessons were mailed to the registrants, one at a time with a mini-evaluation attached. When the students completed the lesson and the mini-evaluation, they returned the mini-evaluation to the state extension office which indicated they were ready for the next lesson. This procedure was applied through the completion of the self-instruction unit. The results of the study showed that an increase of the cognitive level of knowledge of child development concepts could be attained through a self-instruction unit. However the closeness of scoring on the objective part of the pre- and post test would indicate a need for expansion of the testing device. The results of the mini-evaluations indicated that the lesson form and the method of correspondence were acceptable. Many parents added comments on the mini-evaluation stating that the lessons provided a review of concepts learned at a time when they had no children. Being reminded of this knowledge at a time they could apply it was helpful.
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