Children of the Dispossessed: Far-West Preschoolers 30 Years On


reviewed by Elizabeth Graue 2001

coverTitle: Children of the Dispossessed: Far-West Preschoolers 30 Years On
Author(s): Barry Nurcombe, Philip De Lacey, Susan-Lee Walker
Publisher: ABLEX Publishing Company, Westport, CT
ISBN: 1567504205, Pages: 305, Year: 1999
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Children of the Dispossessed: Far-West Preschoolers 30 Years On (2nd Edition) by Barry Nurcombe, Philip de Lacey, and Susan-Lee Walker tells a story of research on early intervention. Originally published by Nurcombe in 1976, it has re-entered the market with additions from the second and third authors for a new audience. It can be seen as an historical text that documents the efforts of a small group of people to form and run a preschool program in the Australian outback in the early 1970’s. Initially conceived to increase the achievement of Aboriginal children, it developed into an integrated program that served across the community. Designed in consultation with community members, it was an experiment-in-process, linking educational practice with empirical research on early education. Contrasting programs with varying structure and teacher direction, the findings indicate that traditional programs of early education were less effective in promoting affective, language, cognitive and perceptual motor growth than carefully planned, more direct instruction. A structured program, modeled after Bereiter-Engelman's DISTAR, produced larger gains in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 32-34
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10570, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 9:16:07 PM

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