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ERIC Number: EJ872314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
In Service Training of Head Start Teachers to Overcome Early Risks of Mathematics Failure: The Mathstaar Program
Geist, Eugene A.; Geist, Kamile
College Student Journal, v43 n4 p988-998 Dec 2009
This action research project is designed as a music-based intervention to address and overcome some of the risk factors for low achievement in mathematics that research has linked to poverty level. The National Assessment of Educational Progress found that children who are eligible for school lunch programs in 4th grade score on average 13 points lower on the math portion of the assessment than the overall average and 22 points below those who were not eligible for school lunch programs. When parent educational level is examined, we also see a marked correlational decline in NAEP scores on the mathematics portion of the test linked to parents' educational level. The current research study was funded by an AERA/OERI research grant. Its main goal at the outset was to examine the risk factors associated with lower mathematics achievement as early as kindergarten for children from low socioeconomic groups and the effect of in-service training for Head Start teachers on overcoming these risk factors and from children whose parents have an education level of high school or less. This two-year study provided valuable preliminary data, which lead directly to the next stage of what has developed into a larger research project called MathSTAAR.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress