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ERIC Number: EJ782320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
The Effects of Developmentally Appropriate Practices on Academic Outcomes among Former Head Start Students and Classmates, Grades 1-3
Van Horn, M. Lee; Ramey, Sharon L.
American Educational Research Journal, v40 n4 p961-990 2003
The educational ideology of Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) in childhood education is influential, despite remarkably little empirical study. This article relates DAP to changes in achievement and receptive language among former Head Start children and classmates in Grades 1-3 (including between 1,564 and 4,764 children in 869 to 1,537 classrooms). The authors applied multilevel growth curve modeling techniques to estimate overall DAP effects and to examine possible interactions with sex, ethnicity, grade, and poverty. The results were consistent across years, with only a few significant effects of DAP, some positive and others negative. Collectively, the results indicate that DAP as observed in classrooms accounts for little or no variation in children's academic performance. The article details the methodological and theoretical implications for future inquiry. (Contains 9 tables, 2 figures and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A