ERIC Number: ED254329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Language Development Program to Improve the Receptive Language Skills of Disadvantaged Kindergarten Children.
Trushin, Barbara Y.
In a primary school in Dade County, Florida, disadvantaged kindergarten children were entering first grade without the receptive language and listening skills necessary to succeed academically. A practicum attempted to remedy this problem by stimulating kindergarten children's receptive language skills in vocabulary and listening comprehension. (Children were primarily black and disadvantaged.) A second aim was to advance the children's cognitive abilities so that the classroom teacher would feel that the intervention was a satisfactory method of improving her students' language skills. Four times a week for 3 months, the teacher met with 13 children in her class for lessons from the Peabody Language Kit Revised for Primary Children. A school psychologist met with the children three times during the intervention period to reinforce certain skills. Assessment instruments were the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, the Test of Auditory Comprehension of Language, and the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts. Scores were obtained on pretests and posttests; results indicated that the group as a whole had a 17 percent average increase in receptive vocabulary, a 28 percent average increase in cognitive abilities, and a 13 percent average increase in listening skills. The program was rated by the teacher as being successful in helping students. (Author/CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida (Dade County); Peabody Language Development Kits
Note: Practicum Report, Nova University.