ERIC Number: ED104548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The Carolina Abecedarian Project: A Longitudinal and Multidisciplinary Approach to the Prevention of Developmental Retardation.
Ramey, Craig T.; And Others
This progress report describes the subjects, program and curriculum development, and collected psychological and medical data of the Carolina Abecedarian Project, an intervention program, begun in 1972. The purpose of this project is to bring together a multidisciplinary team of researchers to demonstrate that the developmental retardation of disadvantaged children can be prevented, and to explain how various psychological and biological processes are affected by such preventive attempts. Subjects are selected from families referred by hospital prenatal clinics and other community agencies, and rated according to an experimental "High-Risk Index." Infants are assigned to experimental and control groups, and given family support social work services, nutritional supplements, medical care, transportation, and payment for participation. The experimental group takes part in a planned curriculum (administered throughout the day) consisting of a series of learning activities developed (and evaluated) for children from birth to 36 months. Most of the report is a description of the processes of curriculum development and evaluation and the psychological and medical data collected. (ED)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Day Care, Developmental Psychology, Disadvantaged Youth, Experimental Curriculum, Experimental Programs, Handicapped Children, Infants, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intervention, Medical Evaluation, Mental Retardation, Poverty, Preschool Children, Research Projects
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; National Heart and Lung Inst. (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.