ERIC Number: ED345570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Excellence Project P.I.A.G.E.T., Cycle I. 1987-1990 Three Year Report of Title VII.
Yawkey, Thomas D.
Project PIAGET (Promoting Intellectual Adaptation Given Experiential Transforming) is a federally-funded bilingual early childhood and parent program serving limited-English-speaking bilingual children aged 2-8 years and their parents. The project is designed to promote English language and conceptual growth among young children and influence parents' attitudes toward their children's learning and development. The classroom curriculum is organized by subject area and theme, introducing specific concepts at different age levels. Twenty-two teaching strategies are specified for classroom use. Daily activity plans and daily observation cards are used to plan classroom activities and monitor performance. Additional testing helps track overall student progress, and performance of teachers and aides is evaluated through systematic observation. The home component is designed to train parents to be their children's teachers at home through partnership with the school, increase home activities with children, and increase positive expectations and attitudes concerning learning. The home curriculum helps involve parents directly in classroom work and reinforce and extend concepts taught there. Progress is assessed by systematic home visits and testing. In the Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) Area School District, results include consistent and significant English language gains among students and parenting concept acquisition among parents; enrollment increases; and positive participant evaluations. (25 references) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bethlehem Area School District, PA.; Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.