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ERIC Number: ED054870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 14
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The Sands School Project: First-Year Results.
Banta, Thomas J.
This study was initiated to make a preliminary evaluation of the effects of Montessori education when children continued with the same method in public schools that they experienced in prekindergarten. Subjects were 72 black 5- and 6-year-olds from lower-middle and lower economic class families. There were two experimental classes in nongraded primary classrooms. One experimental group had Montessori preschool experience; the other, Head Start. Two control groups had conventional public classroom experience. One control group had experienced Head Start; the other had no formal preschool education. In a multiple-assessment procedure, children were measured according to ability(1) to create novel solutions to a maze puzzle; (2) to match appropriate objects among a sample of 3; (3) to separate an item from the field or context of which it is a part; (4) to control and restrain impulse action (Draw-a-Line-Slowly); (5) to repeat sentences (WPPSI); and (6) to initiate investigative behavior (curiosity measures.) Findings indicated that the non-graded primary combined with preschool experience showed the best results; subtracting either preschool or non-graded practices reduced the progress of the children. (AJ)
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