ERIC Number: ED045207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Overview of Responsive Model Program.
Nimnicht, Glen P.
The Responsive Model program assumes that the school environment should be designed to respond to the learner, and that school activities should be autotelic, or self-rewarding, not dependent upon rewards or punishment unrelated to the activity. Developmental theory, certain ideas of operant conditioning, and flexible learning sequences are used in the program. Major objectives are: (1) to help children develop a healthy self-concept, and (2) to develop children's intellectual ability, specifically, the ability to solve problems. Another objective is to give the child an understanding of his cultural background. The program has been used with low-income minority group children, and with some middle class white children, preschool through grade 3. Curriculums and programs for Head Start and Follow Through classes are described. Parent participation in administrative decision-making and in the classroom is encouraged. A Parent/Child Program teaches parents how to teach their children through the use of toys and games. An Inservice Program trains local program advisors, who train teachers and assistants. Ongoing evaluation studies effectiveness of training program, children's growth, and development of new ways to assess self-image and achievement. (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, American Indians, Blacks, Developmental Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Education, Inservice Education, Intellectual Development, Mexican Americans, Operant Conditioning, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Self Concept, Whites
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Educational Labs.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers: Parent Child Program; Project Follow Through; Project Head Start; Responsive Environment Model