ERIC Number: ED207521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Use of Cameras in an Early Childhood Classroom to Enhance Academic and Self-Concept Growth.
This report of a study which explored the effects of camera use among 30 children in a biracial multi-aged classroom includes suggestions for the application of the findings in early childhood curriculum. The first two chapters present the purpose, rationale, and measured results of an examination of camera use as a tool for inquiry and self-expression; five instruments were used to measure changes in self-concept, self/other relationships, visual and aural perception, intellectual capacity, academic achievement, pupil-teacher relationships, and pupils' attitudes towards school. Analysis of the data indicated that the 5- and 6-year-old subjects exhibited positive growth in academic performance and self concept, and that growth was the same for girls and boys and blacks and whites. It was also noted that on the academic performance measure called Circus, black girls and white boys had significantly larger gains than black males and white females. A 4-stage sequence of development of photographic skills is presented, and examples are provided of photography by young children to demonstrate the potential relationship of photography and the traditional skills taught to this age group. The role of parents and acquisition of materials and meeting technical needs are also covered. Samples of suggested activities are appended. (MER)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Childhood Attitudes, Cognitive Measurement, Early Childhood Education, Photography, Self Concept Measures, Student School Relationship, Student Teacher Relationship, Visual Literacy
P. K. Yonge Laboratory School, 1080 S.W. 11th Street, Gainesville, FL 32611.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. P. K. Yonge Lab. School.
Identifiers: Circus Assessment Battery; Slosson Intelligence Test; Stanford Early School Achievement Test
Note: Photographs will not reproduce.