M.A. in Learning Disabilities
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Developmentally disabled children--Education; Kindergarten
Disability and Equity in Education
The purpose of this project was to determine if participation in a year long developmental kindergarten prior to school entry would prove beneficial in promoting academic achievement. A screening of all kindergarten-age eligible children the spring prior to school entry, utilizing the Childcraft DIAL-R Screening Test, identified students considered to be developmentally young. The subjects in this longitudinal study were comprised of identified students that either participated in the developmental kindergarten prior to school entry or, due to parental objections, chose to go directly into the traditional kindergarten. Outcome measures utilized included teacher assigned report card grades as a functional measure, as well as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills as a formal measure.
The results of the functional measure indicated that the developmental kindergarten experience did prove beneficial in helping students acquire the skills necessary for academic achievement. The results of the formal measure proved inconclusive.
Wildrick, Lynn A., "A study in the effectiveness of a developmental kindergarten in promoting academic achievement in pupils identified as developmentally not ready for school" (1996). Theses and Dissertations. 2216.