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Title:The Effects of the Project Approach on Children in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms
Author(s):Beneke, Sallee J.
Director of Research:Ostrosky, Michaelene M.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ostrosky, Michaelene M.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Fowler, Susan A.; Santos Gilbertz, Rosa Milagros; Katz, Lilian G.
Department / Program:Special Education
Discipline:Special Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):early childhood education
special education
inclusion (education)
preschool curriculum
early intervention
Inclusive Schools
project based learning
Active Learning
student projects
Abstract:Research on the impact of the Project Approach on young children with disabilities or children who are at-risk is limited. Mixed methods were used to study the impact of the Project Approach on the social interactions, challenging behaviors, and language development of eight focal children in two inclusive classrooms. Child participants were two children with IEPs and two children identified as at-risk from each class. Adult participants were six professionals who received high quality supports to implement the Project Approach. Adults were interviewed prior to the beginning of the study and again mid-, and post-implementation. Choice time observations were videotaped twice per week over 14 weeks to assess the impact of the Project Approach on play levels and MLUm. Results revealed that social interactions, challenging behaviors, vocabulary, MLUm, were positively impacted following implementation of the Project Approach. Limitations of the study and suggestions for research and practice are discussed.
Issue Date:2011-01-14
Rights Information:Copyright © 2010 Sallee Jean Beneke
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-01-14
Date Deposited:December 2

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