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ERIC Number: ED001861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Sep-1
Pages: 92
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AN EARLY SCHOOL ADMISSION PORJECT. PROGRESS REPORT 1962-1963.
Baltimore City Public Schools, MD.
"PROJECT HELP" REPRESENTS AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DESIGNED TO ENRICH THE LIVES OR 4- AND 5-YEAR-OLD CULTURALLY DEPRIVED CHILDREN. IT IS A RESEARCH PROJECT DESIGNED TO DISCOVER WAYS TO ACCELERATE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF CHILDREN LIMITED IN THEIR DEVELOPMENT BY ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS BEYOND THEIR CONTROL, TO INCREASE PARENTAL UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN, AND TO MOBILIZE COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO HELP PEOPLE IN DEPRESSED AREAS. FROM FEBRUARY THROUGH JUNE 1963, TWO CENTERS WERE OPERATED ON A TEST BASIS TO TRY OUT PROCEDURES AND TECHNIQUES. ONE SCHOOL WAS LOCATED IN AN INTEGRATED COMMUNITY, THE OTHER, IN AN ALL-WHITE LOW SOCIOECONOMIC LEVEL AREA. ONE SCHOOL HELD HALF-DAY SESSIONS, THE OTHER OPERATED ON A FULL-DAY BASIS. AFTER QUALIFIED STAFF WERE CHOSEN, AN ORIENTATION OF FIVE MEETINGS WAS HELD IN WHICH THE PERSONNEL WERE INTRODUCED TO THE FACILITIES AND PERSONNEL OF THE CENTER SCHOOLS, CONSIDERATION WAS GIVEN TO PLANNING A CURRICULUM AND TO POSSIBLE USE OF EXPERIMENTAL MATERIALS. EMPHASIS WAS PLACED ON COMMUNICATION SKILLS, THE PROBLEM SOLVING APPROACH TO LEARNING, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SENSORY ELEMENTS. ATTENTION WAS FOCUSSED ON ART, MUSIC, AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION. VOLUNTEERS MADE AN INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTION IN ASSISTING THE TEACHING STAFF. TEACHERS IDENTIFIED GROWTH IN THE CHILDREN DURING THE FIRST PERIOD IN AREAS OF VERBAL ABILITY, QUESTIONING AND CURIOSITY, EASE IN FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS, CARE IN PERSONAL NEEDS, AND COOPERATIVE PLAY. RETESTING AT THE END OF THE 5-MONTH EXPERIENCE INDICATED VERY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WHICH CANNOT BE ATTRIBUTED TO CHANCE.
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Authoring Institution: Baltimore City Public Schools, MD.
Identifiers: EARLY SCHOOL ADMISSIONS PROGRAM; Maryland (Baltimore); PROJECT HELP