ERIC Number: ED117984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Transition from Italian.
Purbhoo, Mary; Shapson, Stan
This report provides a comprehensive view of the two-year kindergarten program for children from Toronto's Italian community which ran from September 1973 to June 1975. The transition program and its participants are described, and the program is examined in relation to the implicit goals with the aid of comparisons with students in regular kindergarten classes. The transition program children learned English at a rate equal to that of similar children in regular programs, despite being exposed to Italian for most of the first year, and they participated more in class discussions, a sign that their adjustment to school was made easier. Parents of the transition children attended more official school functions and talked regularly with the teacher on an informal basis. These results suggest that the program generally has been successful in meeting its goals in the short term and that the transition model is viable for children in kindergarten. Other benefits or drawbacks may not emerge until later in the children's school career. The context in which a program of this nature is implemented is extremely important. Various considerations and procedures that might be required in other contexts or with alternative program models are discussed in the summary of the report. (Author/CLK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toronto Board of Education (Ontario). Research Dept.
Note: For related doucument, see ED 098 796