ERIC Number: ED032930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Progress Report on Research at the New Nursery School: General Background and Program Rationale.
Nimnicht, Glen; And Others
Program objectives were to develop children's abilities to deal with everyday and school related problems, and to make them more inner-directed by (1) developing a positive self-image, (2) increasing sensory and perceptual acuity, (3) improving language skills, and (4) improving problem-solving and concept formation abilities. Forty-five environmentally deprived 3- and 4-year-old children attended the New Nursery School; 30 were either Spanish- or Mexican-American. The school was organized as an autotelic responsive environment. Each child explored activities freely, proceeding at his own rate to discover relationships. The learner was informed about the consequences of his actions by self-correcting toys, machines, other children, or the teacher. Pre- and posttests were administered to measure intelligence (PPVT and Stanford-Binet), but no firm conclusions about I.Q. were drawn. Other tests given were the Pre-School Inventory, Cincinnati Autonomy Test Battery (six tests), an articulation test, two tests on concept formation, and a test of color identification. On the whole, an experimental group of middle class children scored somewhat higher on the tests than the deprived children. Older children also had higher scores than younger children, indicating a pattern of orderly increase with age and nursery school experience. (DR)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Development, Disadvantaged, Language Skills, Mexican Americans, Middle Class, Nursery Schools, Perceptual Development, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Problem Solving, Program Evaluation, Self Concept, Spanish Americans
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Coll., Greeley.
Identifiers: Autotelic Responsive Environment; Cincinnati Autonomy Test Battery; Preschool Inventory (Caldwell); Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale