By Irving E. Sigel (auth.), Irving E. Sigel, Luis M. Laosa (eds.)
In a prior quantity, households as studying Environments for kids, we offered a sequence of chapters that handled examine courses at the position of households as studying environments for kids. these stories have been in response to empirical information and sought solutions to simple study questions, without particular predicament for the appliance of the consequences to sensible difficulties. particularly, their objective was once to give a contribution essentially to conceptualization, study technique, and mental concept. Now, during this quantity, we flip our awareness to intervention-efforts to change the way in which a relatives develops. As in our prior convention, the contributors of the operating convention on which the current quantity relies are study scientists and students drawn to program. This team is targeted from practitioners, in spite of the fact that, whose fundamental concentration is provider; contributors during this convention have as their fundamental curiosity examine into the issues of approaches of software. utilized expert concerns in regards to the lives of households come from many diverse assets, from a few which are far away and impersonal (e. g. , the legislations) to direct face-to-face efforts (educators, therapists). the range of assets and kinds of purposes are eloquent testimony to the measure to which households are topic to a number of societal forces whose implicit or particular target is to switch kin functioning. for instance, a few educators might need to change kin child-rearing styles to augment baby improvement; the clinician seeks to assist households come to phrases and to deal with a schizophrenic baby. The record may be extended.
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Moreover, its history has been intertwined with other childrearing interventions, such as child care and early childhood education. In this chapter we (l) trace the changes that have occurred in the development of parent education, (2) identify the elements that make up an emerging model of parent education, and (3) offer a broad overview of the research literature. A Framework for Conceptualizing Parent Education In order to trace the changes that have occurred in the development of parent education, we must have a framework identifying the various factors involved.
The core issue he addresses is construct validity in psychological test usage. His model is appropriate for an examination. of the relationship between research and practice (intervention). The analogy I wish to construct is this: construct validity is to test construction as research results are to application to so-called real life social contexts. In the course of his argument regarding construct validity, Messick writes, "Since the evidence in these evidential bases derives from empirical studies evaluating hypotheses about relationships.
IQ tests), when they are used, presents similar problems. To compound this latter limitation further, standardized measures of young children typically have poorly established validity and reliability (White, 1973). Moreover, variations in the characteristics of children and parents, in the selection criteria, the procedures for selecting samples, and the methods of assigning subjects to treatment or control groups make cross-study comparisons most difficult. Hurt and Quellet (1975) in their parental skills comparability study attempted to deal with the heterogeneity of the research area by clustering projects on the basis of objectives.