ERIC Number: ED175552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the FWL Responsive Headstart Program 1970-1972.
This evaluation report of the Far West Laboratory Responsive Head Start Program, an inservice training program for preschool educators, discusses the effectiveness of the Laboratory's program and gives specific recommendations for improving it. The present report contains data that continue to support earlier findings indicating that the Responsive Model can help children learn and that the inservice training is a viable alternative to concentrated courses away from school. For this reason, objective data, such as the child test data and classroom ratings, are given less emphasis than the subjective data. The first part of the report summarizes the conclusions of the data. Three tests (the Pre-School Inventory (PSI), the Ravens Progressive Matrices test and the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts) were administered to groups of children from various sites participating in the program. Children's improvement on the PSI after a 6-month exposure to the program was highly significant (N=408 children). The mean score of the children (N=63) on the Boehm test fell at the 65th percentile. The scores of 112 Head Start children and 46 comparison children on the Ravens test were all generally low and not significantly different. Classroom ratings on a classroom observation schedule showed from slight (for ratings by the lab staff) to significant (for ratings by program advisors) improvement from the beginning to the end of the school year. The recommendations given were: (1) re-define the program advisors' role so that their teaching skills will not be wasted; (2) bring more people into the training process; (3) make the teacher training more concrete; and (4) facilitate the flow of laboratory materials. An appendix contains all the tabulated and summarized data from the child test results, classroom ratings, and questionnaires given to program advisors, teachers and teacher assistants. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.