ERIC Number: ED024473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Preschool Programs and the Intellectual Development of Disadvantaged Children.
O'Brien, Roslyn A.; Lopate, Phillip
Evidence indicates that disadvantaged children are intellectually inferior to middle class children at the time they enter school; and as school continues, the gap widens. The environment of the disadvantaged child lacks much of the opportunity and stimulation for intellectual growth present in the middle and upper class environments and generally necessary for academic success in school. Compensatory preschool education for the disadvantaged child has been created to alleviate the gap, at least partially. Project Head Start was the first wide-scale attempt to promote the intellectual growth of the disadvantaged preschooler. Some early evaluations of the Head Start program indicated which aspects of any such program contribute the most to substantial intellectual growth; namely, (1) a warm, supportive, and stimulating teacher; (2) a task-oriented program approach; (3) an academically oriented program format; and (4) an emphasis on verbal development. (WD)
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Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Early Childhood Education, Champaign, IL.