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Jackie Creed, Stonehill College, F12: Ready to Learn! The Early Education Program in the Community School Arturo Jiménez in Los Pérez

 In the Dominican Republic, there are very early childhood education programs, education for children between 0 and 6 years. Most of these programs are dominitated by the private sector and are too expensive for many families. Children are in a critical stage of development between 2 and 6 years old.They can learn more rapidly and remember more information. Education during this time is essential.

This study examines the implementation of the early childhood education program at Oné Respe’s Arturo Jiménes Community School in the community Los Pérez, Santiago, República Dominicana. The school is in a challenging situation with almost 40 children in every classroom, but do not have the sufficient resources to aid these children easily. The program must be efficient for its students to recieve all the benefits that early childhood education offers.

This study uses interviews, direct observations, and the curriculum to analyze the methodology in the classroom, measure the classroom management strategies, and determine the effects of the progam in the school. The study shows the specific activities for the students to learn  language, motor, mathematical, and social-emotional skills. The classroom management strategies are more reactive than proactive and can be improved with more activities for the students. There are positive effects for the children after the early childhood program: the learn the four skills and have more success in the elementary school grades. The recommendations are to continue research on early childhood education and use attention strategies, consistency, and incentives to better classroom behavior.


Annie Safar, University of Washington, F12: Diagnostic of the Protocols and Operations between the Recycling Center of Hope and Niños con una Esperanza, with a Focus on the Promotion in the Community of Cienfuegos

In April 2012 El Centro de Reciclaje La Esperanza (CRLE) opened its doors and began recycling plastic, papers, and cardboard. The mission of CRLE is to offer a decent job to the citizens of Cienfuegos who work in the landfill and also to contribute to bettering the environment. CRLE works as a company that buys and sells recyclable materials from the citizens of Cienfuegos and sells them to a recycling plant called, La Recicladora Cibao. The Center also accepts donations in the form of plastic, cardboard and paper. Several institutions and individual parties donate these materials.

To continue the work and expand the presence of the Center, this research aims to determine who is the target market and describes how and why these individuals are participating with CRLE. To continue the success of CRLE, the study investigated the motivations of users to improve marketing strategies. This study endeavored to prove that this understanding is vital if the center wants to improve the promotion for expand the participation.

Research was conducted by surveying some of the current users of the center, the participation in daily activities with the Center, and the investigator also conducted a focus group with participants from the collection route. With these tools, the study showed what the most important motivations for each user, and how to use the information to improve the promotion. The results indicated that there are various motivations users with each sample. For example, users in Cienfuegos economic reasons mainly recycled. The study created a profile of the various user populations in order to assist CRLE in the creation of a personalized marketing campaign based on the profiles, motivations, and experiences described by the results.


Hannah Loppnow, St. Norbert College, F12: A Diagnostic of the Leaders Defending our Country at Niños con una Esperanza in Cienfuegos, Dominican Republic

With two years in existence, Líderes Defensores de Nuestro País (LDP) has grown to form a fantastic group of motivated adolescents who are ready to help in any way possible. After just a short time with the leaders, the investigator decided that a diagnostic of the group was necessary to have a better knowledge base of every aspect of the group so they can use it to develop in the future. From the beginning of the group in 2011, the goals of LDP have been to provide support for the children, help the facilitators of NCUE, and to train a group of adolescents to be leaders who can serve at NCUE and in their communities.

The investigator executed a qualitative research study out of convenience to construct a diagnostic for LDP. With this research, the leaders will be able to develop individually and as a group. The sample was selected out of convenience and for the majority, utilized people who are involved at NCUE. The investigator used two questionnaires and two interviews as well as her direct observations to collect the data.

With the results gathered by using these tools, the investigator discovered that the leaders have an abundance of potential and the most important action to take in the future is to give the leaders more opportunities to serve in their community and more responsibilities at NCUE. This could be possible if the group was consistent with attendance, if there are more sustainable decisions made, and if a facilitator at NCUE took the opportunity to be a permanent mentor to the leaders. Through the semester with the leaders, the investigator observed that the leaders are fulfilling all of the original goals of the group. LDP is an essential program to help with the daily tasks at NCUE. Because of the high quantity of children that attend NCUE, the facilitators need help. The program is necessary to give hope to others in an area as marginalized as Cienfuegos.


Pelumi Ogunlana, University of Missouri, F12: Research on the Knowledge of the Artisans in Arte a Mano about the areas of Working in Groups, Financial Management and Art Presentation

My investigation is about the small businesses owned by the artisans in Arte a Mano. Arte a Mano is located in Hoya de Caimito, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. The investigation used three questionnaires, a workshop, a focus group, and two fairs in order to help the artisans en the three areas of working in groups, management of finances and presentation of art. The artisans learned about conflict while working in groups, how to make a register, and the importance of having a label on their art. The investigation concluded that the artisans needed help en the three areas and should show their new abilities. The investigation helped the artisans build their knowledge in these areas and eventually their businesses.


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