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ERIC Number: ED312092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 219
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Developmental and Academic Skills in Kindergarten Children through Modality-Based Instruction.
Nemiroff, Joanne
An elementary school teacher and counselor designed a practicum which provided a model that teachers and parents used to enhance the developmental and academic skills of kindergarten children. The major goal was to increase the acquisition of skills through the child's preferred learning modality. Teachers and parents were given training that increased their knowledge and understanding of: (1) children's developmental needs, strengths and weaknesses; (2) developmental screening tests; (3) modality preferences; and (4) modality-based instruction. Students' preferences were determined through formal assessment. A modality-based developmental curriculum guide was developed and used for small group instruction. Teachers developed an understanding of developmentally appropriate curriculum, an awareness of learning style, and a recognition of the ways in which their own modality preference was manifested in their teaching methods. Parents became familiar with observational techniques for identifying the method by which their child learned best. Students demonstrated progress in developmental areas addressed in instruction. Findings suggest that modality-based instruction may be successful with students who have difficulty in acquiring skills with the methods used in classroom instruction. Over 20 appendices provide related materials. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A