ERIC Number: ED047450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The Educability of Intelligence: Preschool Intervention with Disadvantaged Children.
Blatt, Burton; Garfunkel, Frank
The text presents a detailed account of a research project designed to investigate some of the ways in which intervention into the preschool lives of disadvantaged children might reduce the likelihood of mental retardation. The hypothesis was tested with a variety of measurements over a 3 year period and involved 74 children placed in a learning laboratory setting. It was concluded that the study did not demonstrate major differences on objective criteria between the experimental and nonexperimental groups. The inability of the program to produce measurable differences between the two groups led the researchers to suggest that it is not enough to provide preschool disadvantaged children with an enriched educational opportunity, and that the children were influenced more by home setting. The methodological problems encountered were enumerated and implications for further research cited. (CD)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Early Childhood Education, Exceptional Child Research, Intervention, Learning Laboratories, Literature Reviews, Longitudinal Studies, Mental Retardation, Preschool Education, Prevention, Research Methodology
Council for Exceptional Children, 1411 South Jefferson Davis Highway, Jefferson Plaza, Suite 900, Arlington, Virginia 22202 ($5.75)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA. Headstart Evaluation and Research Center.