ERIC Number: ED338401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Oral Communication Skills of Preschool Children through Partnerships, Hands-on Experiences and Cooperation.
Abdul-Hakim, Suzzette Shoatz
This practicum involved 63 children of 3-5 years who were enrolled in a day care center in a city public school. The practicum addressed the children's inability to verbalize personal needs effectively. Ineffective communication skills created problems in the children's achievement and progress level, and resulted in incidents of aggressive acting out and lack of cooperation. Hands-on experiences were developed for the children; a curriculum that included oral recitations, and lessons that emphasized cooperative play and learning were also developed. Older children in the school were recruited to help in a reading program; parents were to assist their children's learning; staff and parent workshops stressed the importance of oral language; and a grant for books from the Reading Is Fundamental program was developed and received. Results revealed that incidents of acting out behavior decreased while the focus on cooperative play and learning increased. Analysis of the data showed that: (1) the effectiveness of children's communication increases when the children's environment is stimulated by numerous personal experiences; and (2) new activities result in vocabulary expansion. (SH)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Cooperative Learning, Cross Age Teaching, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students, Experiential Learning, Group Activities, Parent Participation, Preschool Children, Reading Instruction, Social Behavior, Speech Communication, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Is Fundamental
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.