HighScope Perry Preschool StudyLifetime Effects: The HighScope Perry Preschool Study Through Age 40(2005)This study — perhaps the most well-known of all HighScope research efforts — examines the lives of 123 African Americans born in poverty and at high risk of failing in school. From 1962–1967, at ages 3 and 4, the subjects were randomly divided into a program group that received a high-quality preschool program based on HighScope's participatory learning approach and acomparison group who received no preschool program. In the study's most recent phase, 97% of the study participants still living were interviewed at age 40. Additional data were gathered from the subjects' school, social services, and arrest records. The study found that adults at age 40 who had the preschool program had higher earnings, were more likely to hold a job, had committed fewer crimes, and were more likely to have graduated from high school than adults who did not have preschool.
Related sources"Benefits, Costs, and Explanation of the HighScope Perry Preschool Program," by Lawrence J. Schweinhart, Ph.D. Paper presented at the Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, Florida, April 26, 2003. "The HighScope Perry Preschool Project," by Greg Parks, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Justice bulletin, October 2000. "School Violence Prevention: Part II, Status of Research-Based Programs, Preschool Ages 4 and 5," The HighScope Educational Research Foundation's Perry Preschool Project, Ypsilanti, Michigan," review by Bonnie Benard. "How the HighScope Perry Preschool Project Grew: A Researcher's Tale" by Lawrence J. Schweinhart, Ph. D. Research Bulletin, Phi Delta Kappa Center for Evaluation, Development, and Research, June 2002, No. 32."Lasting Benefits of Preschool Programs," by Lawrence J. Schweinhart, Ph.D., ERIC EECE Publications — Digests, EDO-PS-94-2, January 1994, ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education. References (HighScope Publications)Schweinhart, L. J., Montie, J., Xiang, Z., Barnett, W. S., Belfield, C. R., & Nores, M. (2005). Lifetime effects: The HighScope Perry Preschool study through age 40.(Monographs of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, 14). Ypsilanti, MI: HighScope Press. Barnett, W. S. (1996). Lives in the balance: Age-27 benefit-cost analysis of the HighScope Perry Preschool Program(Monographs of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, 11). Ypsilanti, MI: HighScope Press. Schweinhart, L. J., Barnes, H. V., & Weikart, D. P. (1993). Significant benefits: The HighScope Perry Preschool study through age 27(Monographs of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, 10).Ypsilanti: HighScope Press. For a list of additional discussions of the Perry study in refereed journals, click here.
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