Effects of the Project Approach on Preschoolers with Diverse Abilities

Sallee Beneke, Michaelene M. Ostrosky

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Mixed methods were used to study the impact of the Project Approach, a curriculum component that can engage and motivate children to participate in learning activities, on the play behaviors and language development of preschoolers. Participants included 4 children with disabilities and 4 children identified as at-risk. Six adults received support to implement the Project Approach. Choice time was videotaped over 14 weeks to assess the impact of the Project Approach on play levels and MLUm. Results showed that play behavior and language development were positively affected following implementation of the Project Approach. In addition, adults perceived the Project Approach as having a positive impact on children's vocabulary development and play behavior. Limitations and suggestions for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-369
Number of pages15
JournalInfants and Young Children
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 7 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • inclusion
  • language
  • play
  • preschool
  • project approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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