ERIC Number: ED126014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The DARCEE Teacher's Guide (Preschool Series).
Claxton, Sue; And Others
The Demonstration and Research Center for Early Education (DARCEE) grew out of the Early Training Project (EPT) a pioneer early childhood intervention study designed to prevent the progressive educational retardation that is often characteristic of "disadvantaged" children. The ETP began its work in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in 1962. The initial focus and continuing theme of DARCEE is to work with young children, especially those from low income homes, in an effort to foster and develop attitudes and skills that will support future learning. DARCEE assumes the child learns from the total impact of his environment, that from the beginning of his life he is sensitive and reactive to the external world. Based upon information the child gains from investigations of his environment and from interaction with others, the child develops attitudes, skills, and knowledge that could assist him in further learning. DARCEE feels that when there is careful planning so that children have predictable environments in which they feel secure, where events are planned so that they are interrelated and experience builds upon experience, and where teachers react positively to demonstrations of new skills, optimal learning occurs. DARCEE has developed a description of its program characteristics which lead to the accomplishment of DARCEE's skill and attitude objectives. Program areas include: grouping; organization and use of time; physical setting; teacher role; teacher preparation; reinforcement techniques; skill development; materials use and selection; attitude development; and parent involvement. Three kinds of skills necessary for a DARCEE teacher are: (1) skills to teach effectively towards DARCEE skill and attitude objectives; (2) skills to teach effectively as part of a team; and (3) communicative skills to explain the purpose of the DARCEE program to parents, community leaders, and school policy makers. (MM)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavioral Objectives, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Influences, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Guidance, Intervention, Preschool Education, Teacher Role, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Team Teaching
Cemrel, Inc., 3120 59th Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63139 ($4.00)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, MO.