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ERIC Number: ED020006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Pages: 253
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Reference Count: 0
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IDENTIFICATION AND EVALUATION OF CHARACTERISTICS OF KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN THAT FORETELL EARLY LEARNING PROBLEMS. FINAL REPORT.
REECE, WILLIAM K.
TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM OF SPECIFIC TRAINING RELATED TO MOTOR, SENSORY, AND PERCEPTUAL (M-S-P) PERFORMANCE, AN INSTRUMENT WAS DEVISED TO MEASURE THE M-S-P NEEDS AND STRENGTHS OF INDIVIDUAL PUPILS. RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED TO TEST THE DIAGNOSTIC AND PREDICTIVE POTENTIALS OF THE M-S-P INSTRUMENT AND TO ASCERTAIN THE DEGREE OF INDEPENDENCE AND SPECIFICITY AMONG ITS VARIOUS DIMENSIONS. THE M-S-P TEST, THE METROPOLITAN READINESS TEST, THE PINTNER-CUNNINGHAM ABILITY TEST, AND A 52-ITEM TEACHER RATING SCALE WERE ADMINISTERED IN PRE- AND POSTTESTING TO 412 STUDENTS IN SEVEN EXPERIMENTAL AND SEVEN CONTROL CLASSES. SPECIFIC TRAINING IN MOTOR, KINESTHETIC, TACTILE, AUDITORY, VISUAL, AND GRAPHIC ACTIVITIES WAS PROVIDED FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL CHILDREN DURING A 24-WEEK PERIOD BETWEEN PRE- AND POSTTESTING. ANALYSIS OF PRE- AND POSTTEST DATA DEMONSTRATED THE LIMITED EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EXPERIMENTAL TRAINING PROGRAM. THE VARIOUS DIMENSIONS OF THE M-S-P TEST EXHIBITED ONLY PARTIAL SPECIFICITY AND THE PREDICTION OF YEARLY PROGRESS IN INDIVIDUAL M-S-P PERFORMANCE WAS NOT FOUND TO BE FEASIBLE WITH THE PRETRAINING MEASURES EMPLOYED IN THIS STUDY. THE M-S-P TEST WAS, HOWEVER, DEMONSTRATED TO BE A USEFUL INSTRUMENT FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF PUPILS EXHIBITING DISABILITIES AND/OR DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS INDICATIVE OF A LACK OF READINESS FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. STATISTICAL DATA ARE REPORTED IN 16 TABLES. THREE APPENDIXES CONTAIN INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE M-S-P TEST, DESCRIPTIONS OF SPECIFIC TRAINING ACTIVITIES, AND THE FORM EMPLOYED IN TEACHER EVALUATION OF THE SUBJECTS. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Identifiers: California (Los Angeles); Metropolitan Readiness Tests; Pintner Cunningham Primary Test