ERIC Number: ED315164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Early Literacy Curriculum: Utilizing Language Experience and Whole Language in Kindergarten.
Akers, Belle L.
This study was designed to investigate the effects of the use of language experience and whole language activities in an early literacy kindergarten curriculum. The study attempts to show that participation in a language-enriched environment achieves results similar to those of traditional methods and basal reading programs in regard to the acquisition of literacy skills. After a review of literature on developmental language and whole language approaches, an early literacy curriculum was developed for the study population. Through the course of a school year, 16 kindergartners, all of whom were girls attending an all-day class at a private school in San Francisco, were evaluated through observations, samples of work, checklists, and formal assessments. Findings on literacy development showed measurable gains in letter recognition and printing, initial consonant sound recognition, word recognition, and writing. It is recommended that this model or an equivalent model be implemented in kindergarten classrooms with larger class sizes, in coeducational settings, and with a range of student economic levels so that positive effects of language experience and whole language approaches in the early literacy curriculum can be verified. Nearly 40 references are cited. Related materials, such as assessment instruments, are appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's field study, San Francisco State University. Appendixes A through H present various legibility problems.