ERIC Number: ED068219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Responsive Environment Program for Spanish American Children. Evaluation Report, 1971-72.
Ainsworth, Len; Alford, Gay
The Responsive Environment Program for Spanish American Children (REPSAC) is an educational intervention for 30 "high risk" bilingual children of ages 3, 4, and 5 in Clovis, New Mexico, and a similar group of children from Portales. Subjects were selected on the basis of various language handicaps, perceptual and motor problems, and educational deprivation. The program's objectives were to provide successful experiences for Spanish American children in the areas of language learning in both English and Spanish and in improving cognitive and affective development. The evaluation design used to assess the effectiveness of REPSAC was a 2-group (experimental and control group) pre- and post-test covariance design. The control group was used to compare changes made in the experimental group. Among some of the measures employed were developmental profiles, the Illinois Test of Psycholinguistic Abilities, parent interviews, the Templin-Darley Articulation Test, and the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale. The project evaluation was provided by an independent team consisting of bilinguals; a clinical psychologist; a speech therapist; and early childhood, teacher education, and educational research specialists. Basic data, such as family history and attendance, were recorded by the project staff. The findings of the evaluation report indicate that the REPSAC project has made positive and significant impact upon the major project objectives for a group of high-risk children. Continued observations note increases in the subject's self-concept. Parents reflect positive attitudes. (NQ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Clovis Public Schools, NM.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Adobe Educational Services, Lubbock, TX.