ERIC Number: ED462779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-18
Reference Count: N/A
Project Kaleidoscope, 1996-2000. Final Report: Executive Summary.
George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA. Helen A. Kellar Inst. for Human disAbilities.
This final report describes the activities and outcomes of Project Kaleidoscope, a grant funded project designed to develop, field test, and disseminate training materials and methods to prepare personnel to better serve culturally, linguistically and developmentally diverse young children and their families. The project addressed the central roles of families, communities, and culture in child development. Nine modules were developed, integrating the theory and research bases of early education, early childhood special education, multicultural education and bilingual/ESL education. Field testing and dissemination of the modules were carried out in 6 states (Oregon, Minnesota, Florida, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia) over 3 years. A total of 218 administrators, teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals were trained using Kaleidoscope materials. The use of practitioner dilemmas encountered in work with children and families became a central organizing element within the courses/training. Diverse groups of participants analyzed dilemmas for cultural assumptions and applied varied problem-solving approaches to identify alternative means to respond. The instructional approach was flexible and based upon individual and/or program-level needs assessment. Participants learned through hands-on, interactive learning activities taken from module content. Additionally, they were encouraged to gather family stories as a support to the development of effective home-school collaboration. Two of the modules (culture and language) were professionally translated into Spanish and used to conduct the 1998 Portland, Oregon, course in Spanish. Ongoing efforts of the project are aimed at a wider dissemination of the modules. (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA. Helen A. Kellar Inst. for Human disAbilities.