ERIC Number: ED057014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Perceptual Shift Training for Teachers of Disadvantaged Children.
Robison, Esther; Holmes, Douglas
This study describes the development of a technique to help the pre-school teacher create an environment in which a large group of children can learn and to be an effective mediator between the environment and the interests and abilities of each child. Teachers were trained to rate children in terms of observational categories, to help them interpret the needs and potentialities of the disadvantaged child. A videotaped training curriculum which reflected those clusters of behavior which are highly predictive of intelligence and school readiness was prepared, using a group of 4-year-old day care students as subjects. Each child was observed and taped for five periods of 20 minutes, and also tested for IQ. A package of six half-hour tapes was completed in the spring of 1970 and tested on participants in a training program for day care teacher assistants and on a group of 15 student teachers. A further program involved second year students in early childhood education at New York Community College. Results indicated that the technique employed and the substance and quality of the tapes had value beyond their initial intent or scope and that the tapes are adaptable to a wide range of educational approaches. It is hoped to test the tapes on a wider scale and develop them for broader implementation. The manual used in the program is included in the document. (MBM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Community Research, New York, NY.