Teaching practices of Mexican American mothers with everyday and school-related tasks

Robert P. Moreno

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The teaching behaviors of Mexican American mothers were examined using an everyday task and a school-related task. The sample consisted of 37 Mexican American mother-child dyads. The children's mean age was 50.8 months (SD = 6.1). The results indicate that when instructing the everyday task, mothers relied on the use of various verbal utterances to guide their children to task competence. When teaching the school-related task, the mothers relied on the use of nonverbal instructional behaviors. This suggests that mothers instruct their children in a complementary fashion, altering their general strategies with respect to the task demands on the children. Regardless of the task, the mothers followed an instructional pattern that is consistent with a Vygotskian framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-631
Number of pages19
JournalMerrill-Palmer Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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