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Out with the Old: Increasing Caregiver Efficacy Through Improved Communication

Mukasa, Amber La Shae' (2022) Out with the Old: Increasing Caregiver Efficacy Through Improved Communication. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This mixed-methods study aims to determine if the use of video communication can positively impact the self-efficacy reported by caregivers. Three inquiry questions guided the study. First, how can the use of informative, targeted videos influence the self-efficacy reported by a caregiver? Next, how well do caregivers understand what is expected of their kindergarten child at the beginning and end of the year; can a new form of supplemental communication result in a change of knowledge for caregivers? Lastly, how must schools shift their engagement efforts to meet the needs of families? All kindergarten caregivers at an elementary school located in Southeast, Washington, D.C were given the opportunity to participate in a survey and receive a six-part video series. Those who self-selected were also able to participate in pre- and post-interviews, which were analyzed using thematic coding. The results indicate that the video series had some positive effect on the efficacy reported by caregivers. The sample size was small but, on both the post-survey and during the post-interviews, all caregivers reported that they could support their child’s learning at home and that they could create learning experiences at home. This was a change from the pre-surveys and pre-interviews. Future researchers should consider starting earlier in the school year and finding ways to increase the sample size. Additionally, researchers should be mindful not to limit their study to solely quantitative methods. Rich and meaningful data was found through the qualitative portion of the study.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mukasa, Amber La Shae'ambermukasa@gmail.comalp199
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDelale-O'Connor, Loriloridelale-oconnor@pitt.eduloridelale-oconnor
Committee MemberTaylor,
Committee MemberOsai, Esoheesohe.osai@pitt.eduEsohe.osai
Date: 2 September 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 1 June 2022
Approval Date: 2 September 2022
Submission Date: 11 August 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 103
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: caregiver, efficacy, improved communication
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2022 19:26
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2022 19:26


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