ERIC Number: ED030490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
Preliminary Results From a Longitudinal Study of Disadvantaged Preschool Children.
Weikart, David P.
The Perry Preschool Project in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is structured so that a group of disadvantaged 3-year-old Negro children begin a 2-year preschool program each year. The program was originally very verbal-learning oriented but has recently been modified to make use of Piaget's cognitive development theories. From the beginning of the program through formal school, the participants are tested each year. These tests provide longitudinal data. Each group of participants is matched by a control group of children who receive no preschool program. The first experimental group started in 1962. Test results and teacher ratings of this first group over the succeeding years show that (1) no differences in measured intellectual growth between the experimental and control group has endured by the third grade; (2) the experimental children have demonstrated superior academic achievement and social behavior; and (3) the experimental group can be divided into two groups, achievers and nonachievers. The last finding means that some children significantly benefit from the preschool program while some do not, a result not explicable at this time. (WD)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.; Michigan State Dept. of Public Instruction, Lansing.
Authoring Institution: Ypsilanti Public Schools, MI.
Identifiers: California Achievement Tests; Perry Preschool Project; Pupil Behavior Inventory; Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale; Ypsilanti Rating Scale
Note: Paper presented at the 1967 Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, St. Louis, Missouri