Evaluation of a Creative Curriculum in Preschool Literacy Readiness

Abstract
Evaluation of a Creative Curriculum in Preschool Literacy Readiness. Belen N. Mina, 2010:
Applied Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University, Fischler School of Education and Human
Services. ERIC Descriptors: Preschool Curriculum, School Readiness, Language Acquisition,
Literacy Skills, Early Childhood Education.
Early literacy development and readiness are recognized to be significant in preparing the
student to accomplish academic success. The importance of early education in the learning and
development of the child establishes a need to evaluate the curriculum implemented. Preschools
commonly implement different teaching instructions and provide different materials without
assessing whether the application of these methods will address the individual needs of the
preschoolers. The inability of preschool students to acquire the necessary literacy skills in
reading will prevent them from achieving academic success in the elementary grade levels. This
is mostly brought about by inappropriate teaching methods in the preschool classrooms.
The purpose of this applied dissertation study will be to evaluate the efficiency of the Creative
Curriculum (CC) approach in developing early literacy development and readiness among
preschoolers. This experimental program is designed to improve the reading and writing skills
of students within preschool age experiences. The hypothesis of the study will be the group of
students that will undergo the CC program will do significantly better in the assessment test than
the group that will undergo traditional teaching. The findings of the study will determine if this
program can improve the reading and writing skills of the preschool and kindergarten students.
The study will be conducted in a government nonprofit child and youth program facility in the
State of Florida. There will be approximately 24 preschool students who will participate in the
study. These students will undergo pretests and post-tests to determine the effectiveness of the
program through a validated preschool reading and writing assessment tool that was designed by
the authors of the CC program 


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