ERIC Number: ED330497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Redesigning an Indoor Preschool Environment To Enhance and Promote Active Learning for Preschool Children.
Wheeler, Sue A.
An early childhood education consultant to a Parks and Recreation Department implemented and evaluated a practicum intervention intended to promote active learning by means of a redesigned indoor preschool environment. Additional goals were to improve the behavior and engagement of the children in the environment; increase parental approval of the redesigned environment; and increase enrollment in the preschool. The redesigned environment used all 7,600 square feet of space. Main interest areas were set up along the perimeter walls, leaving a large open area in the center of the room. Included were manipulative, science, sociodramatic play, housekeeping, language arts, music, and art areas. Materials and equipment that were needed for the new design were obtained from the Parks and Recreation Department and supplied by the author. Practicum evaluation data were gathered through observations of children's behaviors, parent questionnaires, and interviews with staff. All objectives were attained. There were improvements in preschoolers' engagement in learning activities and behavior, parental approval of the environment, and enrollment requests. Related materials are provided in 18 appendices. Fifty references are included. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.