ERIC Number: ED038469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
The Ameliorative Preschool Program, Champaign, Illinois. Preschool Program in Compensatory Education, 1.
American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
This preschool program offered a highly structured curriculum in which language development was fostered through encouraging verbal responses in a game format context. The curriculum, based on skills and concepts required for success in elementary school, included language arts, reading readiness, mathematical concepts, science, and social studies. Small instructional groups of five pupils allowed the teacher to correct or reinforce verbal responses immediately. Directed play periods stressed visual-motor activities such as puzzles, blocks, clay, nesting and stacking toys, and pounding sets. Drawn from economically depressed neighborhoods, two-thirds of the pupils were black and the remainder Caucasian. The results of six standardized tests administered at the end of the first grade showed that project pupils performed better than comparable pupils who had attended a traditional preschool. The program pupils, furthermore, scored well above grade level on the California Achievement Tests in reading, language, and arithmetic. Tables showing test data, and examples of specific activities used in the program are also included. (KG)
Descriptors: Black Students, Cognitive Development, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Games, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Mathematical Concepts, Preschool Education, Problem Solving, Reading Readiness, Test Results, Verbal Development
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (FS5.237:37054, $.15)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers: California Achievement Tests