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Loftus-Rattan, Susan M.; Mitchell, Alison M.; Coyne, Michael D. – Elementary School Journal, 2016
Based on its coincidence with a significant period in language development for children, preschool provides a favorable setting to foster vocabulary growth. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of two instructional conditions and an incidental exposure condition for teaching targeted vocabulary words to preschool students…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Children
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Hustedt, Jason T.; Jung, Kwanghee; Barnett, W. Steven; Williams, Tonya – Elementary School Journal, 2015
Enrollment in state-funded pre-K programs prior to kindergarten entry has become increasingly common. As each state develops its own model for pre-K, rigorous studies of the impacts of state-specific programs are needed. This study investigates impacts of the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) initiative at kindergarten entry using a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, School Readiness, Vocabulary Development, Emergent Literacy
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Neuman, Susan B.; Wright, Tanya S. – Elementary School Journal, 2010
This study examines the impact of 2 forms of professional development on prekindergarten teachers' early language and literacy practice: coursework and coaching. Participating teachers (N = 148) from 6 urban cities were randomly assigned to Group 1 (coursework), Group 2 (on-site coaching), or Group 3 (control group). Pre- and postassessments…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Children, Effect Size, Comparative Analysis