ERIC Number: ED237242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Developing Independent Language Art Skills with a Kindergarten Enrichment Group through Learning Centers.
A practicum project was developed to provide self-directed learning opportunities for all 10 members of a kindergarten enrichment group. Specifically, the project was implemented over a period of 10 weeks to help students gain independent work habits, to improve their care of materials, and to raise their reading ability by one grade level. Ten learning centers for individualized or small-group learning were organized to improve children's skills in reading, writing, spelling, and creative expression. Work contracts were used to guide the students and to evaluate their progress. A pretest and posttest were administered to assess increased learning; monitoring procedures and baseline data were used to assess growth in independent work habits and care of materials. All 10 children moved from preprimer to mastery of primer reading materials, markedly improved their work habits, and, with incentives withdrawn, continued to take better care of materials. Additional positive effects of the intervention were noted. It was concluded that, since the outcomes of the intervention were positive, the project can be recommended to other kindergarten classes. (Appended related materials include learning center worksheets and a six-item questionnaire for surveying kindergarten and first-grade teachers about the independent work habits of enrichment groups.) (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum Report, Nova University, 1982.