ERIC Number: ED281631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Increasing Environmental Awareness of Young Children through Meaningful Activities.
Varner, Nancy J.
An environmental awareness program was implemented among kindergarten children with different backgrounds and abilities in order to expand their conceptual knowledge, communication skills, group participation, and self-expression. Participants were children scoring in the low instructional category of the Cooperative Preschool Inventory who also demonstrated little participation or self-expression in classroom activities. Intervention involved introduction of concepts by using puppets; expansion of concepts in game, story, or song; and demonstration of a follow-up home activity. Home follow-up by workshop-trained parents was considered a key element of the intervention. Intervention goals were (1) over 10 months all members of the target group would improve their grasp of concepts, communication skills, and observed behaviors; (2) at 5 months the group would demonstrate 40 percent positive improvement in group participation and self-expression and after 10 months a 75 percent improvement; (3) after 10 months 75 percent of the participating parents would be involved in the program; and (4) after 10 months teachers would indicate whether the program was effective and should be incorporated into the kindergarten program. Findings indicated that all performance standards were attained. Appendices provide related materials, such as the teacher survey of children, samples of home activity cards, and a parent survey. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Practicum Report, Nova University.