ERIC Number: ED289606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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Developmental Kindergarten and Its Benefits.
Jackson, Cynthia L.; And Others
Intended for school personnel, this report contains the findings and results of a pilot developmental kindergarten program in a Duval County, Florida school district that traditionally emphasized an academic kindergarten program. The report provides the baseline data that was the impetus for implementing the developmental program, the objectives of the program and how they were met, and the quantitative and qualitative results of the program. The staff found an unusually high number of students--among the 200 children tested--who scored low on the basic skills areas of language development, auditory perception and memory, motor skills, and visual perception, on the Santa Clara Assessment Test. However, the first year of the pilot program was considered successful for two reasons: (1) teachers' knowledge of child development made them better able to distinguish between normal maturation and behavior, and learning disabilities; and (2) each child engaged in activities at complexity levels they could manage while remaining able to meet the county's expectations for skills acquisition. Concluding remarks offer suggestions for program implementation. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Educational Research Association (Jacksonville, FL, 1987).