ERIC Number: ED021626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
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Head Start Evaluation and Research Center. Progress Report of Research Studies 1966 to 1967. Document 4, Development of Observation Procedures for Assessing Preschool Classroom Environment.
Stern, Virginia; Gordon, Anne
A preschool environment inventory was developed to provide a method for characterizing the school environment of children in Head Start and other preschool programs. The inventory summarizes the most salient features of a preschool environment and describes these dimensions for measurement with ordinal scales. Consisteing of 44 scales and 23 check lists, the instrument requires administration by observers familiar with basic concepts in early childhood education. The inventory will be subjected to systematic classroom use and, after evaluation, will be refined, clarified, and trimmed. Upon completion of the final revision, determination will be made of the degree of training required to achieve satisfactory levels of interscorer agreement. This progress report includes a complete reproduction of the inventory form. Check lists and scales are grouped under the headings of (1) physical set-up, materials, and equipment, (2) play activities, (3) structure, balance, and organization of program, (4) mode of teaching, (5) teacher's role regarding language, communication, and articulation of ideas and feelings, (6) control and management, (7) aspects of teacher's relationship with the children, (8) teacher's role regarding peer relations, (9) style and tone of teacher, and (10) classroom atmosphere. (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY.