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Targeting the Specific Vocabulary Needs of At-Risk Preschoolers: A Randomized Study of the Effectiveness of an Educator-Implemented Intervention.
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PMID:  23543358     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This randomized study examined the effectiveness of a preschool stimulation program created to teach words that had been selected by considering the needs of the target population of children. Twenty-two educators and their group of at-risk preschoolers (N = 222, M age = 4.27 years) were assigned to one of two conditions: control or intervention. In the latter condition, educators had to read specifically developed storybooks to their group and conduct stimulation activities. Despite the training and support they received, educators implemented the intervention with varying degrees of fidelity. Nonetheless, intent-to-treat comparison of the two conditions indicates that children in the intervention condition learned the meaning of a much greater number of words than their peers in the control condition. In addition, efficacy subset analyses that took into account fidelity of implementation show that the greatest gains were made by children who had an educator who had implemented the intervention reliably. Strategies for scaling up the intervention and optimizing its implementation are discussed.
Authors:
Delphine Vuattoux; Christa Japel; Eric Dion; Véronique Dupéré
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-4-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-6695     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Sci     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-4-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100894724     Medline TA:  Prev Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Département d'éducation et formation spécialisées, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada.
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