ERIC Number: ED032114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Early Childhood Education in American Samoa, 1968.
In 1968, a new phase of the total educational play for American Samoa aimed at increasing power in language and thinking. An in-school program, including a televised component was designed for all the 5-year-olds entering school in September. A curriculum was devised to encourage the use of the Samoan language. Materials were imported when commercially available products were too expensive or did not reflect Samoan culture. A pilot project with 15 Samoan 5-year-olds was conducted to determine the appropriateness of the curriculum materials, to observe the response of the children and their parents to the program, and to begin to train Samoans who would be teaching. The program was repeated using two groups of children who were observed by 111 Samoan teachers and assistant principals participating in the 5-week workshop. During August and part of September, 800 Samoan children who would be entering school, participated in the Early Childhood program. The groups averaged 15 in number and were taught by the teachers attending the workshop. Classroom activities were similar to the experimental programs. Early Childhood personnel guided teachers in conducting the successful program. It was felt that the majority of the teachers did a better than average job. The children responded well to the activities, curriculum materials, and the telecast. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: American Samoa Dept. of Education, Pago Pago.
Identifiers - Location: American Samoa