ERIC Number: ED250845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
Early Intervention Research Institute: Final Report, 1982-83 Work Scope.
Utah State Univ., Logan. Exceptional Child Center.
The report examines three major research thrusts of the Early Intervention Research Institute at Utah State University. First, meta analysis, a procedure used to review and integrate results of 156 studies (1937-1983) on the efficacy of early intervention with handicapped, at-risk, or disadvantaged children, is evaluated and its needs established. Among tentative conclusions offered as a result of the review are that intervention programs do result in moderately large immediate benefits for handicapped and disadvantaged populations; the more highly structured programs are directly associated with more effective outcomes; certified primary intervenors are substantially more effective than noncertified intervenors; and that for disadvantaged populations, the immediate benefits of early intervention decline rapidly up to about 36 months after the intervention is completed. Results were not clear-cut as to whether or not involving parents in intervention programs is effective. The second major research effort was directed to analysis of cost effectiveness for half day versus full day programs for communicatively and mentally disabled children. An economic model for cost analysis is proposed and its use illustrated. The third research activity described is a longitudinal study of early intervention with hearing impaired students. Among findings was that hearing impaired Ss who received early home intervention perfomed better than late intervention Ss on communication/language skills in relationship to academic skills. Additional chapters describe disseminative activities, the functions of the advisory committee, research training for graduate/research assistants, and project management. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Exceptional Child Center.
Note: The study was conducted at the Early Intervention Research Institute. Parts of the document have small and variable print.