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ERIC Number: ED360085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 10
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Strategies for Developing Emergent Literacy.
Shaver, Judy C.; And Others
In an effort to help disadvantaged preschool children develop emergent literacy skills and improve their chances of future academic success, a cooperative project was implemented in 1991-92 by McNeese State University in Louisiana and a local Head Start agency to provide tutoring to Head Start children. University students enrolled in a teacher's aide seminar were trained as volunteer tutors. Training focused on gross and fine motor skills, social skills, language development, and cognitive development. In addition, parents were trained in the use of materials and techniques to improve their children's social, physical, cognitive, and language skills, and were provided with relevant instructional materials for home use. For the project's first year, pre- and posttests were administered to tutors, parents, and children to measure changes in attitudes and skills. Tutors' responses revealed an increased understanding of the children and satisfaction with their own tutoring abilities, while parents reported improved skills in their children, including increased politeness, and increased willingness to take turns and to exert effort. Finally, test data for 55 of the 104 Head Start children who began the project indicated gains in all skill areas, with the highest gains registered in fine motor and self-help skills. By the end of 1993 the program is expected to involve over 20 college students and provide tutoring for over 200 four-year-old children. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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