ERIC Number: ED387254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
Documenting Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Classrooms.
Gottlieb, Margo; Rasher, Sue Pinzur
Thirty-two programs across the country were selected to participate in the National Head Start/Public School Early Childhood Transition Project. The project's mission was to replicate the Head Start delivery model within the public school in order to facilitate a smooth transition for children and families. Project effectiveness was examined on the four dimensions of education, family involvement, social service, and wellness. Evaluation was conducted on the four levels of child, family, school, and community. Data were gathered using quantitative and qualitative methods. The Assessment Profile for Early Childhood Programs--Research Version and A Developmentally Appropriate Template (ADAPT) were used. Results suggested that: (1) target classrooms are exhibiting developmentally appropriate practices; (2) support for developmentally appropriate practice includes having the appropriate materials available, engaging students in a variety of tasks and projects, and eliciting children's input on the instructional cycle; (3) target classrooms had warm, purposeful learning environments; and (4) traditional rows of desks inhibited student interaction. Contains 14 references and 4 appendices of evaluation materials. (JW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Resource Center, Des Plaines.; OER Associates, Wilmette, IL.