ERIC Number: ED056804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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The Status and Educational Effect of Head Start Programs on Mexican American Children.
Approximately 5 research studies relating to Project Head Start and reviewed in this document disclose a gap in the knowledge base regarding the effectiveness of various intervention strategies implemented with Mexican American children. A survey of findings indicates that programs have varied from community to community and that only general trends can be identified at the present time. Among the findings are (1) experiments in language programs suggest that children benefit from many kinds of language interventions but that a more structured program is generally more effective than an unstructured one; (2) as measured by tests not sensitized to subpopulation variations, children from low-income families perform below middle-class children in cognitive, intellectual, and achievement behavior; and (3) children of parents having a high level of involvement in Head Start perform better on tests of achievement and development. This review of reported findings has critical implications for future work in the area of early childhood education for the disadvantaged Mexican American child. Major questions remain unanswered regarding characteristics of learner, design and development of replicable instructional programs, training of teachers, and parental involvement and education. A related document is ED 037 778. (JB)
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Sponsor: Southwestern Cooperative Educational Lab., Albuquerque, NM.
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Identifiers: PROJECT HEAD START