ERIC Number: ED190219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun-29
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Head Start Bilingual Bicultural Curriculum Development Project. Pilot Study Results and Child Assessment Measures.
Chesterfield, Ray; And Others
The purpose of this part of the multimethod Head Start bilingual/bicultural curriculum evaluation (Juarez and Associates, 1979), is to present the results of a pilot test of a battery of instruments to be used in assessing the effectiveness of four early childhood bilingual/bicultural curriculum models. The instruments pilot tested were the Bilingual Syntax Measure (second language acquisition), the CIRCO Subtests: Escuchen Este Cuento (Spanish language comprehension), the CIRCUS Subtests: Listen to the Story (English language comprehension), and the Preschool Inventory (English and Spanish concept development). Evaluation of the instruments focussed on three aspects: (1) the feasibility of successfully implementing the curriculum models in more than one setting; (2) the impact of each model on children enrolled in Head Start, on their parents, and on the Head Start teaching staff; and (3) the attitudes and opinions of Head Start staff and parents (who are in areas where the models are implemented) regarding the philosophy and objectives of each model and the quality of its programmatic contents. This document is concerned primarily with the second objective and presents a detailed analysis of the suitability of the field procedures and the appropriateness of the child impact assessment instruments. Also included are specific recommendations for improving both the procedures and the instruments during actual data collection. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Comprehension, Concept Formation, Curriculum Evaluation, Influences, Language Acquisition, Measures (Individuals), Multicultural Education, Parent Attitudes, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Spanish Speaking, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Testing
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Juarez and Associates, Inc., Los Angeles, CA.