ERIC Number: ED171054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Astor Program for Gifted Children Pre-Kindergarten Through the Primary Grades. Five Years Later - Evaluation and Problems of Transition.
Ehrlich, Virginia Z.
The paper describes the Astor program for prekindergarten through primary age intellectually gifted children, and presents findings of a 5-year followup on the effect of the program on children's growth. Outlined are the program's major goals (including the promotion of continuing research, experimentation, and education of gifted in New York City public schools at all levels); activities (such as establishing early identification procedures and developing classroom management procedures consistent with the nature and needs of the students); impact on citywide politics; impact on district policies according to district superintendents; and impact on schools according to school principals. Also presented are the views of principals and parents regarding impact on the children. Noted among findings are that a significantly high proportion of parents reported positive behavioral reactions by their children to the Astor Program experience; that Astor Program children made significant achievement gains in world knowledge, total reading, and total mathematics; and that children not only liked school, but also were happier in the Astor Program than they had been in other classes. Also discussed are the following topics of concern: financing, pupil identification, pupil followup, promotion policies and acceleration, teacher selection, teacher training, class size, classroom practices and management, role of the school principal, and continued application of the Astor Program philosophy. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Astor Program for Gifted Children
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (57th, Dallas, Texas, April 22-27, 1979, Session T-76)