Socialization for Learning: Examining Pathways from Mothers' Socialization Goals to Children's Classroom Competencies in Central American Immigrant Families
The University of Maryland will examine the school readiness concepts of classroom social competence and approaches to learning in Head Start children from Central American immigrant families. The project has several objectives, which include: (a) to examine how mothers' relatedness and autonomous socialization goals are associated with their relatedness-oriented and autonomy-oriented parenting behaviors in Central American immigrant families; (b) to examine the association between mothers' relatedness-oriented and autonomy-oriented behaviors and children's social competence and approaches to learning in Central American immigrant families; and (c) to examine the relation between parents' socialization goals, parenting behaviors, and children's social competence and approaches to learning in Central American families by developing and testing a theory-based structural equation model predicting children's social competence and approaches to learning. Participants will be mothers who emigrated from Central America whose children attend Head Start. Mothers, recruited in the second phase of the two phase study, will be interviewed with regard to their socialization goals and will participate in a videotaped free play session with their children.
Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects
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