ERIC Number: ED351141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Enhancing and Facilitating Individualized Learning Capabilities of Kindergarten Students through the Integration of Cost-Effective Instructional Practices.
Van Lue, Elaine
This practicum report describes the implementation of a pilot program that used packets of learning materials to incorporate individualized instruction into a traditional curriculum in a kindergarten classroom. Objectives of the program were that 80 percent of students would demonstrate improvement in basic readiness skills, and that 90 percent of parents would consider the activity packets as appropriate and interesting for their child, and would see an improvement in their child's critical thinking skills. The program was implemented over the course of a school year and involved the use of packets of materials that provided learning activities. Packets were designed according to individual students' abilities. Students took home a packet each week, returned it the following week, and described to the class or teacher what they had learned from the packet. Results indicated that all students improved in basic readiness skills as measured by pre- and post-test screening assessments. According to responses to program evaluation forms, more than 90 percent of parents considered the packets appropriate and interesting for their child and saw an improvement in their child's thinking skills. A reference list of more than 250 citations is provided. A collection of 27 appendices presents materials that were used in, or were relevant to, the program. (BC)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Critical Thinking, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Family School Relationship, Individualized Instruction, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Learning Activities, Learning Modules, Learning Readiness, Parent Participation, Primary Education, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.