ERIC Number: ED025299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
Language Ability and Readiness for School of Children Who Participated in Head Start Programs. A Dissertation Abstract.
Cowling, Dorothy N. C.
In order to test language ability and school readiness in children with Head Start experience, 168 disadvantaged children were randomly selected. Only half of the children had previous Head Start experience. All children received the Metropolitan Readiness Test and were observed by their teacher and examiner. The results showed that in language ability, the Head Start children were significantly better able to be understood by their teacher and the examiner, to respond to their peers' questions, although not the teacher's, and to retell a simple story. In school readiness Head Start children were significantly more ready for school as measured by the Metropolitan Readiness Test, and they were significantly better able to give their full name and follow directions. In reaction to school environment, Head Start children ranked significantly higher in participating in voluntary discussions, showing respect for each other, feeling at ease with their peers, feeling self-confident in school, asking questions about unclear directions, answering the examiner's questions, and telling personal experiences to the examiner. Head Start children showed only a tendency to feel the need to conform to regulations. Future research should produce a followup study and an instrument to measure language development in disadvantaged children. A bibliography is included. (JS)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Doctoral Dissertations, Language Ability, Observation, Peer Relationship, Preschool Learning, Primary Education, Program Effectiveness, Readiness, Standardized Tests, Student Adjustment, Student Improvement, Student Participation, Verbal Ability
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Authoring Institution: Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, PA. School of Education.
Identifiers: Metropolitan Readiness Tests; PROJECT HEAD START