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ERIC Number: ED371257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-20
Pages: 13
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What the High/Scope Perry Preschool Study Reveals about Developmental Transitions and Contextual Challenges of Ethnic Males.
Schweinhart, Lawrence J.
The High/Scope Perry Preschool study through age 27 found that high-quality, active learning preschool programs for impoverished African American children cut their crime rate in half, significantly affected their educational performance and level of schooling, increased their earnings and commitment to marriage, and returned $7.16 for every dollar invested. The High/Scope Perry program, however, affected males and females differently. This study reviews the design of the preschool study and summarizes its overall findings, examines the program's effects on males versus females, speculating on the implications of such findings, and considers the relevance of the preschool study to existing programs such as Head Start, stressing the importance of preschool program quality to obtaining long-term benefits. The most striking differences between male and female program participants occurred in education. For example, although males outscored females on some of the school abilities that they brought to school, females surpassed males in school achievement. The preschool program demonstrates what preschools for impoverished young African Americans can achieve if done correctly. Quality depends on the empowerment of children, parents, and teachers, but success in such programs as Head Start, which often uses elements of the High/Scope Perry curriculum, depends on full funding per child. (MSF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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