ERIC Number: ED269134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of a Curriculum to Support Literacy Growth in Young Children.
The primary goal of this study was to identify curricular experiences and teacher behaviors encouraging preschool children to meaningfully use written language. A second goal was to investigate children's growth in literacy in the context of a preschool classroom. The study was conducted over a 5-month period among 8 Head Start and 8 tuition-paying children whose ages ranged from 3 years, 3 months to 4 years, 10 months. The sample's mean age was 3 years, 10 months. In collaboration with the teacher, the researcher chose 6 of the children for videotaping and planned and implemented a literacy curriculum involving print in the environment, writing, booksharing, and dictated language experiences. Targeted children were videotaped daily over a 4.5-month period as they engaged in literacy events during free-choice time. A total of 32 hours of videotaped literacy events were analyzed to determine the impact of the curriculum on the children and teachers. Additional data were obtained through the administration of literacy tasks at the beginning and end of the study, a parent questionnaire, researcher's field notes, samples of the children's writing, and the teacher's daily log. Findings indicated that the teacher was the most important factor in facilitating children's growth in literacy. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children (Peoria, IL, April 17-20, 1986).