ERIC Number: ED054865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Infant Education Research Project: Implementation and Implications of a Home Tutoring Program.
Schaefer, Earl S.; Aaronson, May
The Infant Education Research Project was designed to facilitate the intellectual development of disadvantaged children through a program of home tutoring during the second and third years of life. An experimental group of 31 Negro male infants and a control group of 33 Negro male infants were selected from door-to-door surveys of two lower-socioeconomic neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Tutors visited the home of each experimental infant for an hour a day, five days a week, beginning when the infant reached 15 months of age and continuing through 36 months. Participation of the mother was encouraged but not required. Tutors were carefully selected and specially trained to make maximum use of teaching materials such as toys, books, music and rhythm, puzzles, games, and to provide children with the experiences of walks and excursions. Pleasant interpersonal relationships were encouraged and maintained at all levels of the project. Posttest gains confirm the success of the program for the experimental infants. However, it is suggested that tutoring should begin before 14 months of age. Four generalizations about the educational process in relation ot program development are also made. (WY)
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Child and Family Mental Health.
Identifiers: Bayley Scales of Infant Development; Johns Hopkins Perceptual Test; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale
Note: Paper is to appear as a chapter in a book on Conceptualizations of Preschool Curricula, Ronald K. Parker, Ed., City University of New York, New York