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ERIC Number: ED062020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Pages: 12
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Factor Analysis of the Appalachia Preschool Education Program Test Data.
MacDonald, Randolph
A factor analysis of test data measuring the results of the Appalachia Preschool Education Program is presented. The program involved three treatments for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children. A control group as well as the three treatment groups was tested. A total of 20 subtests was administered; the scores on these comprised the variables that were factor analyzed by principal components and varimax rotation techniques. The results of the factor analysis showed that the tests used in the evaluation of the program were measuring four principal factors; these were visual identification, psychomotor ability, vocabulary, and auditory recall. All of the factors except auditory recall incorporated five or more variables; auditory recall received a loading from only one variable. Analysis of variance showed that children who received all components of the Preschool Education Program and the children who received two components scored significantly higher than children in the other two groups. Also, the absence of significant differences between scores of children in the various groups on measures related to visual identification and auditory recall suggests that the Preschool Education Program fails to differentially affect the performance of children in those areas. (Author/CK)
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Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.