The purpose of this mixed methods bounded case study was twofold: 1. to explore qualitatively the experiences of parent participants in the READY! for Kindergarten parent education program, and 2. to examine quantitatively the impact of the program on the outcomes of children of participants as compared to the children of non-participants. A dosage effect was also examined to determine if attending the program four or more times impacted students’ school readiness on the same measures. Structured interviews were conducted with 19 READY! participants. On the whole, interviewees valued their experiences in the program; utilized, with their children at home, the knowledge and resources provided; improved their home learning environments; and highly recommend the program to other parents of preschoolers. Quantitative analysis was undertaken to explore the research question examining kindergarten readiness assessment results for three cohorts totaling 441 students. Independent sample t-tests were run with two kindergarten readiness assessments as dependent variables. The results indicate that although the children of READY! participants in the three cohorts studied achieved slightly higher mean scores on both assessments, there is no statistically significant correlation between participation in READY! and improved school readiness for the participants’ children. No dosage effect was found in this study for students whose parents participated in four or more READY! for Kindergarten sessions.
SOURCE: Hile, David. “Parent Experiences and Student Outcomes in the Ready! for Kindergarten Program*.” Miami University, 2018
*A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of Miami University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education Department of Educational Leadership by David L. Hile The Graduate School Miami University Oxford, Ohio,2018
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