ERIC Number: ED093498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Feb-8
Reference Count: N/A
An Early Intervention Project: A Longitudinal Look.
Gordon, Ira J.
This report describes the longitudinal research conducted in an early intervention program since 1966. The program is characterized by the use of paraprofessionals serving as home visitors and parent educators. Data collection has included measures of children's behavior and development, parent-child interactions, and parent variables such as locus of control and self concept. The research has been directed toward the analysis of questions concerned with: (1) effectiveness of educational home visits for parents (home visits vs. educational home visits), (2) use of the professionally designed, Piaget-based, language-oriented curriculum vs. curricula developed by experienced paraprofessionals with little theoretical background, (3) effects of providing a comprehensive program (home visits and group experiences for children) at age two vs. continuous parent training from birth, and (4) comparisons of intervention which takes place directly with children vs. parent education. Results are presented in tables throughout the report. The program has developed into a Project Follow Through program sponsor. It is discussed in terms of analyzing child factors and materials and family factors based on underlying assumptions and postulates. It is concluded that the basic model of intervention works, although many refinements in the delivery system, training courses, and measurement procedures are needed. (DP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.; Fund for the Advancement of Education, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. for Development of Human Resources.