ERIC Number: ED052847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Study of Selected Children in Head Start Planned Variation, 1969-1970. First Year Report: 3 - Case Studies of Children.
Dittmann, Laura L.; And Others
To test the feasibility of using case study techniques in national evaluations, the case study approach was used to study the experiences of a boy and a girl in each of eight Head Start curricular models and two children in a classroom not under the sponsorship of a program developer. Teachers and mothers were also interviewed. The purpose of the study was to capture the children's experiences in the different settings, not to evaluate the model itself. Summaries of case studies of 16 children are presented. Classroom observers agreed on these findings: (1) the Head Start experience is valuable to the children; (2) there is not enough contact between the home and the school; (3) concentration on cognitive aspects of the model tends to make teachers less aware of other important aspects of the child's life; (4) the models restricted the teachers in tailoring the program to the individual child; and (5) in many instances the curriculum seems better geared to boys. Investigators concluded that the case study approach is feasible. A final section comments on the functioning of the models and the extent to which Head Start goals are being met. (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Planned Variation; Project Head Start
Note: Prepared by the Institute For Child Study