Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1970

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology and Rural Studies

Abstract

Little has been published which deals specifically with families in the Head Start program. Therefore, it would seem most appropriate to ask: What characteristics do Head Start families possess; in what way, if any, do these characteristics differ from those characteristics which are frequently attributed to the "poverty type" family; and, what are the Head Start parents impressions of the Head Start program. Objective 1. To determine the extent to which a sample of Head Start families possesses certain social and demographic characteristics which have been cited as common among families participating in the Head Start program, or among poverty families in general. Objective 2. To assess parental attitudes, knowledge, and frequency of participation of a sample of Head Start families with respect to the Head Start program. The remainder of this thesis is divided into five chapters. Chapter II is divided into three major parts. Part I is concerned with the origins and design of the Head Start program. The remainder of this thesis is divided into five chapters. Chapter II is divided into three major parts. Part I is concerned with the origins and design of the Head Start program. Part II describes the conceptual orientation adopted for this study. Part III is a summary relating the ideas previously discussed to the study. Chapter III includes three major parts. Part I is a review of selected literature pertinent to the first study objective. Part II is a review of literature pertinent to the second study objective. Part III contains the general descriptive hypothesis and a number of sub-hypotheses which serve to guide expectations of the study. Chapter IV, Design of the Study, includes information on the background of the study, the construction of the research instrument, definitions of terms and scoring procedures employed. Chapter V, Presentation of Findings, presents the findings of the study relevant to the hypotheses. Chapter VI includes a summary of the study, conclusions of the study, limitations of the study, and implications for further research and application. Attention will now be directed to an examination of the Head Start program and to a discussion of a conceptual orientation which may be perceived within the design of the Head Start program.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Poverty

Poor -- South Dakota

South Dakota State University Theses

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

176

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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