ERIC Number: ED308974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Child Development Project: Research Design, Procedures, and Findings.
Solomon, Daniel; And Others
Findings of an evaluation of the first 5 years of a longitudinal program designed to enhance children's prosocial development are reported. The program was offered for children in three elmentary schools in a suburban, middle-class district near San Francisco. Three schools in the same district served as a comparison group. Enrollment ranged from 450 to 650 students per school. The program's major aim was to determine whether a comprehensive, long-term program which was delivered primarily by teachers in classrooms and was reinforced by consistent and compatible school-wide policies and practices, family activities, and parental support could significantly strengthen prosocial characteristics in children. The research followed two longitudinal cohorts of children, each cohort consisting of all children at a particular grade level in the six schools. This paper focuses on children in the older cohort. These children began kindergarten in fall 1982 and completed fourth grade in spring 1987. Findings reported cover kindergarten through fourth grade. During each year of the program, data were collected to assess student behavior and the adequacy of program implementation in the classrooms. Analyses revealed strong and consistent program effects in several areas. In general, participation in the program enhanced students' social competence and concern for others. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards with Reservations
IES Cited: ED493768