ERIC Number: ED045784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: N/A
Springfield Avenue Community School, Newark, New Jersey: Model Programs. Childhood Education.
American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Prepared for a White House Conference on Children (December 1970), this report describes a Newark, New Jersey program which began with day care for young children and grew into an educational continuum beginning in some cases at the age of 18 months and running through the fourth grade. The program is considered remarkable for the amount of parent support it has gained, for the degree of parent direction under which it operates, and for the methods of operation within the framework of the black urban life style. Innovative instructional practices include parent shaping of the curriculum, parent involvement in diagnosis on the basis of tests, and parent administrative activities, including a strong say in the hiring and firing of teachers. A distinctive feature is the emphasis on education within the black life style. The first communication with the child is in his own dialect; the transition to standard English is made later, with "speaking to be understood" as a goal. In the early years, much attention is given to the development of physical skills to counteract crib infancies. Objectives, as such, are not used; instead an action framework is implicit. There is one teacher and one teacher's aide for every 20 pupils. For other booklets in the series, see UD 011 120-123, and 011 125. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Black Community, Black Culture, Black Students, Community Control, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Education, Instructional Innovation, Language Styles, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Education
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Catalog no. HE-5.220:20157, $0.20)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Communication (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey