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ERIC Number: ED307044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 33
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Content and Orientation of Kindergarten Curriculum for At-Risk Students.
Gersten, Russell
The first major objective of this paper is to describe in some detail the research that documents the proposition that even extremely disadvantaged 5-year-olds can be taught to read in kindergarten, and that, contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence of negative side effects from such teaching. The paper also describes an effective academic component of a kindergarten in order to provide a standard by which early childhood educators can assess the productivity of an academic component and its sensitivity to students' needs. It is argued that kindergarten programs should contain an academic component coupled with a range of other developmentally appropriate activities and projects. The paper covers misconceptions about academic kindergarten, conceptions of an academic program, components of the academic kindergarten in Project Follow Through, relevant research, factors contributing to program success, systematic transition from preschool to elementary school, unique features of the curriculum, highly interactive teaching strategies, and teacher training and the evolution of teacher attitudes. It is concluded that results of the studies reviewed indicate that reading can be taught to virtually all kindergarten students, regardless of their scores on readiness tests or the limitations of their home backgrounds. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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