ERIC Number: ED027077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Research on the New Nursery School. Part II: A Report on the Use of Typewriters and Related Equipment with Three- and Four-Year-Old Children at the New Nursery School. Interim Report.
Nimnicht, Glen; And Others
In an attempt to improve the readiness of 3- and 4-year-old disadvantaged Mexican-American children, the New Nursery School was developed in Greeley, Colorado. The activities are autotelic; that is, the child does something for its own sake rather than for the sake of obtaining rewards or avoiding punishments that have no inherent connection with the activity itself. One of the activities available is the typing booth. If the child wishes, he can play with an electric typewriter. This activity is structured to subtly lead the participant through several levels of achievement with respect to language development: (1) free exploration, (2) matching upper case letters on a card and on the typewriter, (3) matching upper and lower case letters, (4) typing words, and (5) dictating stories. The children's performance on the typewriter and on subsequent achievement tests indicates that (1) there is a relationship between the number of times the child goes into the booth, the amount of time spent therein, and achievement on the booth activities, (2) the booth experience is of little value to the 3-year-olds, (3) children with low IQ scores are least likely to be high achievers in the booth, and (4) the children with high booth achievement were the most benefited in language development. (WD)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Coll., Greeley.
Identifiers: Autotelic Responsive Environment; Metropolitan Readiness Tests; Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale