ERIC Number: ED166889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
The Astor Program for Gifted Children: Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade Three.
Ehrlich, Virginia Z.
The report presents a summative evaluation of the Astor Program for Gifted Children, which developed a resource center and also implemented a "host school" concept for intellectually gifted preschoolers in New York City. The program director's tasks in coordinating a resource center are discussed, including involving policy makers at high levels of authority, public relations, information and consultant services, and citywide conferences and training institutes. Some guidelines for the functions of a resource center are also presented. The program's planning and administration are discussed in terms of teacher selection -- which gets a special focus in a later section -- selecting participating districts and schools, and some early problems. Pupil selection is reviewed, along with various background data on the participating students and their families. The curriculum itself is examined, including the standard skills, special interest topics, and individual talents it covered, as well as character development and personal growth. The evidence is said to indicate, among other things, that the Astor Program fostered significant gains in student achievement, specifically in the areas of work knowledge, reading, and mathematics, and in love of learning and enthusiasm for school. Various forms, questionnaires, and lists are appended. (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Vincent Astor Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.; New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.