ERIC Number: ED027091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Review of Selected Intervention Research with Young Children.
Miller, James O.
Reviewing of long term and short term intervention research undertaken by Skeels and Dye (1939), Dawe (1942), Brazziel and Terrell (1962), Carter (1966), Sigel, Roeper, and Hooper (1966), Weikart (1967), Klaus and Gray (1967), Karnes and others (1966), Bereiter and Engelmann (1966), Blatt and Garfunkel (1965), Nimnicht (1966), and Smilansky (1964 and 1966) suggests that future research should be approached cautiously but with optimism. Short term intervention research has made gains when directed to specific behaviors, but its effects on complex behaviors have not been established. Massive environmental change produces great improvement in abilities associated with adult social competence and affects intellectual functioning, educational attainment, economic productivity, and family stability. Intervention effort which lies between these extremes is too new to be adequately assessed. While physical environment has received much attention, priority should be given to the behavior of the interpersonal environmental agent interacting with the child and mediating between the child and physical environment. Behavioral requirements of an effective environmental agent are outlined. Longitudinal intervention research is needed and should be encouraged. (DO)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana, National Lab. on Early Childhood Education.