ERIC Number: ED469844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
LitTECH Interactive Outreach. Final Report.
Hutinger, Patricia; Bell, Carol; Johanson, Joyce; McGruder, Kathy
This final report describes activities and findings of a 3-year federally supported outreach project, which was designed to replicate a developmentally appropriate interactive technology literacy curriculum model into early childhood special education programs serving children (ages 3-6) with mild to moderate disabilities. Major goals focused on linking results of emergent literacy research to early childhood practice; disseminating the project nationwide; and serving as a national resource on emergent literacy and technology. The project model, LitTECH, was replicated in 17 school districts and affected 89 classrooms, 94 teachers, and 3,097 children. Extensive data were collected on 643 children with disabilities, 1,012 children at risk, and 607 children without disabilities. Project findings point to positive benefits for teachers, children, and families and to conditions that promote effective implementation and maintenance of the model. Findings supported use of a variety of effective implementation techniques at the classroom level including using a sign-up sheet, using KidDesk for desktop management, and implementing software curriculum integration into the program curriculum. Following a statement of the project's goals and objectives and theoretical framework, individual sections describe the program, changes, methodology, results, project impact, and future activities. (Contains 42 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb. Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education.