ERIC Number: ED037481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug-1
Reference Count: 0
Project Breakthrough: A Responsive Environment Field Experiment with Pre-School Children from Public Assistance Families.
Cook County Dept. of Public Aid, Chicago, IL.
This is a report on the research evaluation of an educational program for very young children initiated under the conviction that adult illiteracy might be prevented through intervention into the "cycle of poverty." The method of intervention was to provide a group of preschool children from public assistance families with a training experience which would better prepare them for entry into formal school setting, reduce likelihood of dropping out, and thereby help them to function better on reaching adulthood. A computerized electric typewriter, the Edison Responsive Environment Talking Typewriter, was used to allow the children to move to more complex materials programmed and presented to them after initial familiarization with the keyboard and alphabet at random. The major thrust of the research evaluation was to determine whether this training could positively influence the children's knowledge and skill with respect to verbal fluency, reading ability, and language development. From the evaluation emerged the chief finding that very young children from poor families can be helped before they enter a formal school experience; in a remarkably short period of exposure, the Talking Typewriter training prepared a group of prekindergarten youngsters for first grade work. Detailed tables of test scores and a bibliography are appended. (RJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cook County Dept. of Public Aid, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers: Edison Responsive Environment; Illinois (Cook County); Office of Economic Opportunity; Project Breakthrough