ERIC Number: ED078943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Southeastern Day Care Project Rating Forms.
Smith, Janet; Galambos, Eva C.
The Southeastern Day Care Project is an ongoing preschool demonstration project in eight southeastern States. The SDCP has developed and is using a series of rating forms to assess the development of each child in the program in cognitive, social, motor, and self-help skills. Approximately 256 children in SDCP centers have been rated on the forms. The items on the forms represent translation of the objectives into observable, specific outcomes. The items on the various scales were combined and modified into rating forms for infants, two-year-olds, three-year olds, and four- and five-year-olds. Rating procedures, and reliability and validity of the ratings are described, and the analysis of results for each age group is provided. The performance of the children was generally better than had been anticipated, but a few items in the cognitive area--printing, drawing human figures, and knowing addresses and seasons--continue to present difficulty to at least one third of the children. The SDCP rating forms provide a gross assessment of whether a child is generally performing according to the expectations for normal development at his age. Other instruments may provide a better analysis of child development, but they are more difficult to use with preschool children. The SDCP rating forms have another advantage for staff members; the items constitute a day-to-day program guide to aid in planning activities and curriculum. (KM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Security Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Donner (William H.) Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Southeastern Day Care Bulletin No. 7