"Impacts of Targeted and Global Preschool Curricula on Children's School Readiness: A Meta-Analytic Review"
AERA 2018 Annual Meeting: “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education”
April 13-17, 2018
Title: Impacts of Targeted and Global Preschool Curricula on Children's School Readiness: A Meta-Analytic Review
Author: Tutrang Chung Nguyen
The primary purpose of this paper is to compare effect sizes across general, “global” preschool curricula anchored in Piagetian theory and targeted, domain-specific curricula to determine their impacts on children’s school readiness skills. Thirty-four high-quality evaluation studies published between 2007 and 2016 have been identified and included in a preliminary meta-analysis. Some of the evaluations compare targeted to global curricula, while others compare targeted or global curricula to a “business as usual” curriculum developed by the teacher or preschool. The generally positive effects of the academically-oriented curricula and the null to negative effects of the global curricula suggest that preschool programs may do well to incorporate evidence-based targeted curricula to improve children’s skills in targeted content domains.