ERIC Number: ED384410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Kaleidoscope: Profile of an Arts-Based Early Childhood Program. Final Report of an Evaluation Study [and] Technical Appendix.
Collins, Raymond C.; And Others
Kaleidoscope is an innovative approach to an arts-based early childhood program, combining visual arts, music, dance and language arts. The program's principal goal is to promote the learning and development of low-income, inner-city children who are attending preschool and kindergarten. Kaleidoscope's three objectives are: (1) to provide children and their families with quality early childhood education; (2) to create and implement an arts-integrated curriculum in which concepts are introduced and reinforced across all arts and subject areas in order to integrate the child's daily experiences; and (3) to conduct field research on the impact of an arts-integrated preschool program on the cognitive and general development of low-income, inner city children. Some of the major recommendations resulting from the evaluation study include upgrading Kaleidoscope's physical environment, improving integration of the arts-based and early childhood program components, strengthening parent involvement, and modifying research inquiry to include a broader approach to program outcomes and processes. The report includes a separate technical appendix that provides a copy of the interview and focus group questions, an assessment profile for early childhood programs, standardized tests for children, and a questionnaire on parent-child interactions and the parent as a teacher. Contains 24 references. (AA)
Descriptors: Art Education, Child Development, Curriculum Design, Dance, Dance Education, Early Childhood Education, Educationally Disadvantaged, Evaluation Criteria, Inner City, Instructional Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary Approach, Kindergarten, Language Arts, Music, Music Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Visual Arts
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Collins Management Consulting, Inc., Vienna, VA.