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Parental Response to Pre-School Provision [microform] : A Study of 77 Families, Focussing on the Characteristics of Those Who Chose Not to Use a New Community Playgroup / Sheila Shinman
Bib ID 5381508
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Shinman, Sheila
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1975 
256 p. 
Summary

Given that in a community, there will be some parents who make use of preschool provision and some who do not, are there any discernible differences or similarities between the two groups of parents? Do the reasons parents offer for use or disuse, however cogent they may be, mask a more fundamental difference between families who do not take part in preschool provision and those who do? These are problems to which this exploratory study seeks answers. The Hillington Borough Council allowed researchers to monitor its program of establishing playgroups run by Tenants' Associations on some of its housing estates. One such estate, 'Hillcroft', housing a reasonably homogeneous community of working class families, became the focus of this study. Among the major findings, almost one-third of the families did not take up preschool provision which was available and guaranteed for their children. Negative responses were made to preschool provision in general. Results suggest that the degree of awareness and enthusiasm which mothers showed for preschooling was a reflection of the mother's own psychological situation. A large proportion of mothers interviewed had personal problems which precluded other than marginal concern for planned provision for their children. (Author/RH)

Notes

Sponsoring Agency: Social Science Research Council, London (England).

Contract Number: SSRC-HR-1944.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Alienation.  |  Community Study.  |  Demography.  |  Economic Factors.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Lower Class.  |  Mothers.  |  One Parent Family.  |  Parent Attitudes.  |  Parent Child Relationship.  |  Parent Participation.  |  Poverty.  |  Preschool Education.  |  Psychological Patterns.  |  Stress Variables.  |  England
Form/genre Reports, Research.
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