ERIC Number: ED054062
Record Type: RIE
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Dissemination of the DARCEE Model to Head Start: Results of a Training Program for Head Start Teachers and Teacher Aides.
Barbrack, Christopher R.
As part of Head Start's Planned Variation program, the Demonstration and Research Center for Early Education (DARCEE) preschool model was chosen to be implemented in six Nashville Head Start centers. This study compared two forms of DARCEE training for teachers and teacher aides--the Elaborated Treatment and Abbreviated Treatment--and compared both treatment groups with a group receiving no training--the Distal Comparison Group. The Abbreviated Treatment consisted of 6-week summer workshop and several short followup workshops; the Elaborated Treatment included the same workshops plus individual classroom visits by project staff. The workshops covered teaching procedures, activities, materials, and classroom management, with particular emphasis on planning and determining objectives. Teachers in all three groups are pre- and posttested, using tests for attitude, vocabulary and concepts developed specifically for the project. Children were tested for IQ, perceptual motor coordination, and auditory discrimination, using standardized tests. Results indicated no significant differences between teachers in any of the three groups. However, children in the Distal Comparison Group did significantly better on all tests than those in either of the treatment groups. (Appendixes contain data tables, schedules and weekly curriculum plans of treatment centers and observation reports of comparison centers.) (RT)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Peabody Coll. for Teachers, Nashville, TN. Demonstration and Research Center for Early Education.
Identifiers: PROJECT HEAD START