ERIC Number: EJ1121708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Perceived Cultural Responsiveness and Effectiveness of a Speech and Language Program for Indigenous Preschool Students
McIntosh, Kent; Craft, Calli B.; MacKay, Leslie D.
Multicultural Learning and Teaching, v8 n1 p47-64 Jun 2013
Despite an increasing need for culturally relevant curricula, what is considered culturally responsive and how it is assessed is under-researched. The present study examined the perceived cultural responsiveness and effectiveness of an early intervention program designed to teach early language skills and expose students to Indigenous culture, the Moe the Mouse® Speech, and Language Development Program. Educator's perceptions of the program were assessed through a Likert-type survey provided to implementers across British Columbia. The survey was completed by 58 respondents using the program. Results indicated that the respondents perceived the program to be culturally responsive, and their perceptions of cultural responsiveness were significantly related to ratings of effectiveness, use, and social validity. Responsiveness was not rated as highly by respondents in a different geographic region than where the program was developed. Finally, effectiveness in improving speech and language skills was rated higher when educators integrated the program into the regular curriculum or incorporated Native language instruction. Implications for research and practice are reviewed.
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Culturally Relevant Education, Preschool Education, Speech Skills, Foreign Countries, Likert Scales, Cultural Awareness, Program Implementation, Language Skills, Native Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, American Indians, Preschool Teachers, Program Descriptions, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Statistical Analysis, Geographic Regions, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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