ERIC Number: ED161516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
School Before Six: A Diagnostic Approach. Volume I (Revised Edition).
Hodgden, Laurel; And Others
Specific procedures for assessing young children's strengths and learning needs are described in this first volume of a 2-volume manual which describes a diagnostic method of teaching preschool children. An overall introduction to the manual is followed by Chapter 2, which presents the philosophical framework of the diagnostic approach and discusses the approach as it relates to major current issues in early childhood education. Chapter 3 provides a basic framework for diagnosis and assessment of the individual child and discusses general procedures for scheduling, conducting, and recording assessment. A sample form showing a child's diagnostic records is included. Chapters 4 to 8 present detailed procedures for diagnosing children's strengths and needs in the developmental areas of large motor, small motor and perceptual-motor skills; language; socio-emotional skills; and conceptual skills. General suggestions for helping children develop in each area are presented, and specific activities which are particularly useful in developing a given skill or teaching a given concept are listed. (These activities are fully described in Volume II.) Chapter 9 explains how to use the information obtained through diagnosis over the course of the year and how to plan a program that incorporates the strengths and needs of individual children and the total group. Chapters 10 and 11 provide practical ideas for use of space and equipment, staffing, parent involvement, and children's health and safety. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Cognitive Development, Diagnostic Teaching, Educational Philosophy, Educational Planning, Emotional Development, Individual Needs, Individualized Instruction, Informal Assessment, Language Acquisition, Motor Development, Needs Assessment, Perceptual Development, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Tests, Social Development, Student Records, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
CEMREL, Inc., 3120 59th Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63139 ($9.50)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Ann, MO.
Note: For Volume II, see PS 010 068