Changes in students' attitudes during a course in child development

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Diane Whitehurst Lomax (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Nancy White

Abstract: Research indicated that students' attitudes toward child-rearing practices do change after completing an introductory course in child development. Studies cited in the review of literature emphasized that parental attitudes have important effects upon the child's development; however, there has been little research done in this area. The purposes of this study were (1) to investigate whether there was a significant change in attitudes after students completed their first college course in child development, and (2) to investigate the relationship between the student's major and the direction and degree of attitude change. The University of Southern California Parent Attitude Survey, a paper and pencil self-inventory scale, was the method for assessing attitudes. The items in the survey were classified into Dominant, Possessive, Ignoring and Miscellaneous categories. The survey was completed on the first and last day of class by 76 students who were enrolled in their first college course in child development. The students completed an information sheet which stated their declared major.

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Language: English
Date: 1971

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