ERIC Number: ED202593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Pre-School Screening Examination and a Public School.
Hutchins, Elizabeth J.
The consequences of using a preschool screening program in a public school, especially in relation to the teacher's activities, are examined in this case study. A small, rural New England elementary school served as the field site. Data collection activities included observing two days of the preschool screening clinic, observing the kindergarten for 40 hours over a 5-month period, interviewing the study participants, and interviewing 19 external informants. Analysis of the data isolated eight consequences of using a preschool screening program: (1) community legitimacy of the kindergarten program increased as a result of adopting the complex, externally developed screening program; (2) though initially the teacher was intimidated by the complexity of the program, ultimately her self-confidence was buoyed by the increased legitimacy of the program; (3) curriculum content was highly correlated with screening examination content; (4) the pace, sequence, and quantity of the curriculum that individual children received was often governed by the screening program; (5) the screening program contributed to the valuing of the more measurable educational objectives; (6) the screening program contributed to the valuing of direct instruction more than other available teaching methods; (7) children's and parents' initial impressions of schooling were related to the screening program; (8) the program enabled the school district to meet selected state and federal regulations. (Author/JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Screening Programs; Testing Effects
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).