ERIC Number: ED179632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Compensatory Education: A Historical Perspective. Technical Report No. 79-01.
Wingate, James G.
The State of New York could be considered a pioneer in the field of compensatory education. A number of programs established in the 1930s and 1940s were definitely compensatory in nature. The 1960s saw the extension of compensatory practices at the preschool and elementary levels. By the summer of 1965, over half a million children were enrolled in compensatory programs throughout the country. The introduction of the television show, "Sesame Street," extended the education of pre-schoolers by means of the media. Pre-school programs gave rise to such secondary school programs as the Upward Bound Program and the Talent Search Programs. The research literature emphasized the importance of self concept enhancement in the education of disadvantaged students. It now appears that compensatory programs have been instrumental in increasing access to educational opportunities. However, the lack of evaluative research data makes it difficult to issue a firm statement on their success. It is imperative that administrators be able to justify the continued funding of these programs. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Winard Research Associates, Ltd., Dewitt, NY.