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Project Follow Through by Cathy L. Watkins
Project Follow Through: A Case Study of Contingencies Influencing Instructional Practices of the Educational Establishment. ABSTRACT: Project Follow Through, originally conceived in 1967 as a social action program to extend Head Start into the primary grades, became an educational experiment aimed at finding effective methods for educating disadvantaged children. Follow Through, in effect, created a national learning laboratory, providing a unique opportunity to study the effectiveness of a variety of educational methods. The results indicated that the Direct Instruction model and, to a lesser degree, the Behavior Analysis model provided viable solutions to the problem of teaching disadvantaged children. Yet, the results of the Follow Through evaluation have been virtually ignored by the educational establishment. This paper presents a case history of Project Follow Through and examines the factors that have led the educational establishment to ignore teaching methods that are effective in raising the academ
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Providing Enrichment at No Cost, Part I
Animal Behavior article about Phoenix Zoo keepers who have invented more enrichment techniques, keeping our motto, behavioral enrichment at no cost
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Providing Enrichment at No Cost, Part II
T he Phoenix Zoo is a private, non-tax- supported organization, which means we have to be very careful of how the budget is spent. The keepers feel responsible for helping the zoo in every way, including determining ways to decrease expenses, especially on projects that do not have the highest priorities.
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Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: All You Can Eat
Editors Note: Second in a series about family routines and childrens health. On the whole, American Moms watch the diet of their babies carefully. But once the children have a say, the diet deteriorates because there are many conspiracies to lure your children away from the right food choices.
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Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: Don't Miss Graduation
This article discusses the importance of attending a child's graduation. Whether you are the parent or just one of the extended family, you should go. Not so that years later they will remember you attended, as you remember who attended yours, but to provide the encouragement a child needs for the next step.
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Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: Drug Abuse: Who's the Model Here?
Parents may see a clear distinction between medications and illegal drugs but a child/teen may not. The distinction becomes even less visible if medications are abused at home.
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Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: Early Bites of Parent Abuse
Child abuse often starts with a history of expecting too much from a child. Parent abuse usually begins with expecting too little. Some parents, committed to doing anything to help their child, will bear any burden. But overindulging is not loving; it just teaches abuse.
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Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: Family Discussion Tactics
First in a series of three on family conversation habits: Winners and Losers.
Tags: parenting, conversations, verbal behavior
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Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: Fits, Tantrums and Holidays
Tantrums seem to come more often during the holidays. Parents with young children usually suspect that changes in sleeping or meal schedules as well as crowds of company are the culprits that set the stage for trouble.
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Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: Give a Nice Day
Correcting rather than punishing bad behavior. Physical punishments or even the less severe ones such as being sent to your room, can be subtle but they provide little information to the child. The punishment says what was wrong but nothing about what is right.
Tags: parenting, punishment
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