ERIC Number: ED046541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
A Pilot Study of a Preschool Method of Preventive Education. Final Report.
McGilligan, Robert P.
The School District of Jennings, Missouri, undertook a study of the effectiveness of grouping on academic achievement in kindergarten. It was hypothesized that grouping children according to developmental lags would be beneficial to the subjects in terms of their academic and personal development; that the curricula would be partially responsible for these benefits; and that the students' academic performances would be related to family demographic, maternal attitudinal variables and perception of the child's behavior. Post-treatment scores obtained from 73 subjects revealed that of the demographic variables investigated, father's occupation and the number of brothers were the only ones significantly related to measured achievement. Maternal attitudes were not related. It was recommended that the study be replicated with better control of variables and cross-validated with different populations; that the subjects be followed through second grade; that the effect of kindergarten on self-concept growth and the relationship between maternal attitudes and family variables to achievement be further explored. References and appendixes containing a description of the test battery, parent questionnaire, and statistical analysis of study data are included. (Author/AJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Auditory Discrimination, Cognitive Development, Demography, Experimental Programs, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Kindergarten, Learning Disabilities, Mother Attitudes, Perceptual Motor Learning, Prevention, Research Problems, Self Concept, Teacher Attitudes, Testing
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Jennings School District, MO.