ERIC Number: ED198933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Contemporary Australian Preschool Program: Development, Implementation and Evaluation. Mt. Druitt Early Childhood Project: Project Evaluation Report Number 4.
The child-centered Contemporary Australian Preschool Program (CAPP), one of five programs for disadvantaged children in the Mt. Druitt Early Childhood Project, is described and evaluated in this report. Within the CAPP, the child's role was that of initiator and the teacher's role was that of facilitator. Specific objectives of the CAPP were to (1) develop children's self-esteem and self-understanding; (2) encourage children's openness to experience; (3) develop children's sense of trust and enjoyment of interpersonal communications through a variety of social interactions; (4) extend children's ability to benefit from learning experiences; and (5) promote children's physical and cognitive growth. The program's learning activities centered on both spontaneous play in a setting providing opportunities for a wide range of experiences and teacher-initiated exercises in concept development. In order to describe curriculum outcomes and to depict the basic types of interaction going on in the classroom evaluation data were gathered. This data showed that 59% of the time children were observed playing alone or with another child and 4l% of the time were observed playing with the teacher. Seventy-four percent of activities were child-structured. A teacher-developed checklist with six scales as well as child studies were used in teacher-based assessment activities. Results of teacher ratings and three child studies are reported. The Skills Checklist and a description of classroom tasks used by teachers for summative assessment are appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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