ERIC Number: ED329944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing the Curriculum through the Addition of Rich and Diverse Language Development Activities.
The primary goal of this practicum was to provide opportunities for rich and diverse language activities designed to enhance the kindergarten curriculum. New instructional guidelines were designed that encouraged daily classroom time devoted to language development activities. These activities replaced all formal isolated skill instruction. Alternative forms of assessment were developed that were direct, classroom-oriented, and process-focused. Monthly book swaps were scheduled to increase the amount and encourage the recycling of the available printed material in each classroom. The circulation of current educational research regarding emergent literacy and techniques to encourage and support its growth was arranged to increase teacher awareness and encourage the development of positive attitudes. An analysis of the practicum revealed that all but one of the objectives were achieved. The monthly book swaps did encourage the recycling of printed material but failed to significantly increase the amount. All other objectives were successful and some even surpassed expectations. The kindergarten curriculum was enhanced with rich and diverse language development activities, and both teachers and students demonstrated positive attitudes regarding this enrichment. (Five tables of data are included and 34 references are attached. Appendixes include instructional guidelines, reading checklist, revised checklist, teacher survey, and teacher suggestions for kindergarten programs.) (Author/MG)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Childrens Literature, Curriculum Development, Emergent Literacy, Kindergarten, Language Acquisition, Language Attitudes, Language Enrichment, Learning Activities, Primary Education, Professional Development, Reading Aloud to Others, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Reading Writing Relationship, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.