ERIC Number: ED052837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-May
Evaluation Report: Early Childhood Education Program, 1969-1970 Field Test. Summary Report.
Bertram, Charles L.; And Others
This report is based on data obtained during the second year of a 3-year field test cycle of the Appalachia Educational Laboratory (AEL) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program. The ECE Program is a home-oriented instructional system designed for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds, which is being used on a regional basis for approximately 25,000 children. It consists of 30-minute television lessons broadcast into the home each day; a weekly home visit by paraprofessionals to discuss the program with parents and children, and to deliver materials for the parents to use with the children; and group instruction once a week in a mobile classroom. Tests used, methods, and results are reported for children's gains in cognitive, language, psychomotor, and social skills categories. Field test results are presented in four areas: program effort (describes material and personnel requirements); program performance (children's achievement gains and parents' and children's attitudes toward the program), program pervasiveness (describes the population which might be served), and evaluation synthesis (summary). The program pervasiveness study and cost analysis indicate that the Appalachian Educational Laboratory ECE Program is an economical alternative to other programs of early childhood education. (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cost Effectiveness, Home Visits, Interpersonal Competence, Language Acquisition, Mobile Classrooms, Nonprofessional Personnel, Parent Attitudes, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Psychomotor Skills, Television
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.