ERIC Number: ED198900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: N/A
Report on the Evaluation of Bidwill Community School's Preschool Programs 1979. Mt. Druitt Early Childhood Project: Project Evaluation Report Number 2.
This paper describes and reports on the evaluation of aspects of three preschool programs in the Bidwell Community School, New South Wales, Australia. A home-based preschool program, a sessional preschool-centered program, and a mixed, part sessional and part home-based program were made available for children and their parents. With the aim of identifying outcomes associated with varying degrees of parental involvement, evaluation activities were focused on the extent and quality of parental involvement in the programs and on some aspects of the children's development. Data were collected across three school terms through (1) teacher rating schedules on child/mother behavior; (2) teacher interviews with mothers about program expectations; (3) teachers' impressions of mothers' participation over the three term period; and (4) extended interviews with mothers. Further, teachers' perceptions of children's characteristics on six dimensions were recorded. Among the results, mothers rated the preparation for school function of the preschool as their major concern. Changes in teachers' perceptions of individual children over the school-year indicate that teachers felt that some progress had been made in socializing the children. Mothers of children in the mixed program noted a higher developmental level in their children than did other mothers. Appended materials consist of program planning and evaluation documents. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Child Development, Comparative Analysis, Disadvantaged, Educational Objectives, Foreign Countries, Individual Characteristics, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Education, Preschool Evaluation, Program Development, Questionnaires, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).; New South Wales Dept. of Education, Sydney (Australia).; New South Wales Health Commission, Sydney (Australia).
Authoring Institution: Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia). School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Australia