ERIC Number: ED032129
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Publication Date: 1968
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Philosophy: A Crucial Distinction.
Drexel Inst. of Tech., Philadelphia, PA. Early Childhood Center.
The objectives of the Early Childhood Center at Drexel Institute of Technology are to provide an observation laboratory for students, conduct research in huma n behavior and development, supplement the child's home environment, and provide learning experiences for parents. Children at the center are from 2 years 7 months to 4 years 9 months in age. To ensure parental involvement, all parents are required to be directly involved at the center for 35 hours a year. Teaching machines are used to train children in skills and concepts, which leaves the teacher free to concentrate on the development of new concepts and creativity. An Edison Responsive Environment (ERE) is used for research and demonstration purposes. The ERE provides audio-visual-tactile responses to the students' actions. The machine is programmed to progress from an introductory to a written, visual, and oral question-and-answer phase. The Center's laboratory also contains non-automated equipment. Detailed records are kept on the children's progress. Each child is tested before and after the year's program for physical, emotional, intellectual, and linguistic achievements. When tested for alphabet recognition, typing ability, size of sight vocabulary, and language facility, children showed significant gains in these primary reading skills, except for language facility. (DR)
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Authoring Institution: Drexel Inst. of Tech., Philadelphia, PA. Early Childhood Center.