ERIC Number: ED021622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Pilot Study of Five Methods of Presenting the Summer Head Start Curricular Program.
O'Piela, Joan M.
A pilot study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of five curricular methods used in a summer Head Start program designed to develop perceptual-motor skills. Three hundred and seventy-three inner-city children in 15 Head Start centers were given the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test and the Brenner Developmental Gestalt Test of School Readiness at the beginning and end of the program. Children in the Frostig Experimental and Control Centers were pretested and posttested with the Marianne Frostig Developmental Test of Visual Perception. Children in the Doman Delacato Experimental and Control Centers were pretested and posttested for lateral and visual dominance in three areas: handedness, footedness, and eyedness. The methods used in the Bereiter Experimental Center were prescribed by the Bereiter curriculum. Teachers and aides filled out evaluative questionnaires. Test gains of Head Start center pupils were compared to gains of children in centers using curricular modifications. The total population showed improvement at the .01 level of significance on these variables: vocabulary, total school readiness, achievement-ability assessment, and social-emotional behavior. None of the experimental teaching methods was found to be strikingly superior to the multisensory program prescribed by the basic Detroit Head Start and kindergarten program. (MS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI.
Identifiers: Bereiter Engelmann Curriculum; Doman Delacato Method; Frostig Developmental Program of Visual Perception; PROJECT HEAD START