Web-Based Workshop in Family Systems Theory and Application for Head Start Workers​

Director: Volker Thomas, PhD, associate professor, Department of Child Development and Family Studies

Assistant: Nilufer Kafescioglu, graduate student, Department of Child Development and Family Studies

Funding: 21st Century Extension Funds, $10,900

Term of Project: September 2002-May 2003

Description: The purpose of the project was to develop and disseminate a theory- and research-based, continuing-education program for Head Start workers and to make the workshop/course available statewide to Head Start programs by delivering and managing it via the Internet.

The program director and a graduate assistant developed the workshop/course curriculum using WebCT. Once the course was uploaded onto the Web, we pilot tested it with two Lafayette Head Start staff members. Based on their feedback, we revised the course curriculum. Then, we disseminated it to the other staff and revised the curriculum until it fit their needs. The workshop/course curriculum is currently available to be disseminated to other Head Start programs across Indiana.