Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Will Implementing a Research Based DESE Approved Early Childhood Program Have an Effect on the School Readiness of Prekindergarten Students
by Small, Stephanie, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2013, 126; 3606176
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this comparative study was to examine the connection between the implementation of a quality early childhood program and the kindergarten readiness of prekindergarten students as measured by the Developmental Indicators for Assessment of Learning-DIAL-3. The researcher analyzed historical data obtained from approximately 40 students in the Study Site School District in the prekindergarten programs at Woodbridge Elementary School for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years.

The researcher developed two research questions: a) What impact does a MODESE approved, research-based early childhood program have on the kindergarten readiness of prekindergarten students in the Study-Site School District as measured by the DIAL-3? and b) Will there be a difference in the average DIAL-3 scores of the students who did not participate in a DESE approved early childhood program and the average DIAL-3 scores for students who did?

The implementation of a high quality early childhood program, (the independent variable) was measured by the change in DIAL-3 scores on each subtest for each of the participants (dependent variable). The results were then compared to the scores of the control group, the students that did not participate in a high quality early childhood program. Using a two-tailed t-test to examine the difference between the mean scores of participating and non-participating students, the researcher found that overall there was no statistically significant difference in scores of students who participated and those who did not.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nack, Donna
Commitee: Kurz, Kathleen, Wisdom, Sherrie
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 75/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Early childhood education, Elementary education
Keywords: Developmental indicators, Kindergarten readiness, Learning assessments
Publication Number: 3606176
ISBN: 978-1-303-63231-0
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