ERIC Number: ED064242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Structured Cognitive Approach for Educating Young Children: Report of a Successful Program.
Karnes, Merle B.
This paper presents an overview of the Karnes Ameliorative Curriculum (KAC). The program studies the problems of the preschool handicapped and low-income child and develops and tests approaches and curricula for meeting the needs of these children. Sixteen assumptions underlying the program form the basis of program goals. The goals include a) enhancement of cognitive development with emphasis on language, b) development of motivation conducive to learning, c) development of a positive self-concept, d) acquisition of effective information processing skills, e) enhancement of social competency and emotional development, f) promotion of motor skills development, g) involvement of parents in the educational program, and h) enhancement of staff competencies. The curriculum places an importance on process; however, the process is developed using that content which most effectively bridges the gap between disadvantaged culture and the school culture. The KAC has eight components: science, mathematics, social studies, language, art, directed play, music and movement, and creative and productive thinking. Results of the program indicated that children who have attended KAC, when followed over as long as a 5-year period (end of third grade) achieved the overriding goal of the program-effective participation in a standard school program. A 14-item bibliography is included. (MJM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs.