ERIC Number: ED041626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation Report: Early Childhood Education Program, 1969 Field Test.
Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Reported are findings from the first year's field test of the home-oriented Appalachia Educational Laboratory (AEL) Early Childhood Education Program for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. The program consists of a 30-minute daily television lesson, a weekly home visit by a paraprofessional, and group instruction once a week in a mobile classroom. The sample was made up of a total of 450 children divided into three groups. Group 1 received TV instruction and home visits and attended the mobile classroom. Group 2 had TV and home visits; Group 3, only TV instruction. 30 subjects from each group were tested for evaluation purposes. The data are presented in 5 categories: program effort, program performance, program pervasiveness, program cost analysis, and evaluation synthesis. Appendixes (one-sixth of this report) present detailed data analysis for (1) the program's evaluation plan, (2) interest level of project children, (3) IQ gain, (4) language development and behavior, (5) cognitive growth, (6) the parent attitude questionnaire and checklist, (7) paraprofessional attitude data instrument and results, and (8) socioeconomic factors of treatment and control groups. It was found that TV lessons and home visitations (but not the mobile classroom) had a positive effect on children's cognitive development. Children in Group 1 scored highest on verbal expression. (DR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cost Effectiveness, Early Childhood Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Television, Evaluation Methods, Home Programs, Language Acquisition, Mobile Classrooms, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Pilot Projects, Preschool Education, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes
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Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Illinois Test of Psycholinguistic Abilities; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test