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ERIC Number: ED001016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961-Jun
Pages: 29
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DEVELOPING AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ADAPTED TO THE NEEDS OF THE CULTURALLY DIFFERENT.
HIGGINS, GORDON H.; AND OTHERS
AS PART OF THE GREAT CITIES PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT, THE BUFFALO PROJECT WAS DESIGNED TO ATTACK THE SOCIAL INERTIA, LOW DEGREE OF INTEREST, ACHIEVEMENT AND PROGRESS, AND UNINSPIRED MOTIVATIONAL PATTERNS CHARACTERISTIC OF CHILDREN FROM A COMMUNITY LOW ON THE SOCIOECONOMIC SCALE. THIS WAS SOUGHT THROUGH AN ENRICHED SCHOOL PROGRAM OF TEACHING, COACHING, TEACHER TRAINING, AND COMMUNITY INTERACTION, AS WELL AS ASSISTANCE FROM COMMUNITY AGENCIES AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT THROUGH A VISITING SOCIAL WORKER AND OTHER AGENCIES. THE NEEDS, ABILITIES, AND TALENTS OF THE CHILDREN INVOLVED WERE IDENTIFIED AND A PROGRAM OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY INTERACTION TO MEET THESE NEEDS, ABILITIES, AND TALENTS WAS DEVELOPED. OBJECTIVES AND SUBJECTIVE MEANS OF EVALUATION WERE USED. A NEIGHBORING SCHOOL WAS GIVEN SIMILAR TESTS FOR CONTROL PURPOSES (SCHOOL NO. 47). ADDITIONAL STAFF FOR THE PROJECT INCLUDED A READING CONSULTANT, A REMEDIAL READING TEACHER, A SPEECH THERAPIST, AN ADDITIONAL ARTS TEACHER, AN ADDITIONAL MUSIC TEACHER, A PART-TIME ARITHMETIC COACHING TEACHER, AND A SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER. BOTH OBJECTIVE TESTING PROCEDURES AND SUBJECTIVE EVALUATION BY THE FACULTY SHOWED SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN PROGRESS AND ATTITUDES FOR ALL BUT A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF CHILDREN. SIGNIFICANT AMONG THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE ADDITIONAL STAFF WERE THOSE OF THE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER. OVERALL EVALUATION OF THE PROGRAMS SHOW AN APPARENT 2 MONTHS ADDITIONAL PROGRESS IN EVERY 5 M4 MONTHS OF THE PROGRAM AT LITTLE ADDITIONAL COST - ABOUT TWENTY CENTS PER DAY PER CHILD OR TEN CENTS PER CHILD PER MONTH OF PROGRESS IN EXCESS OF THE NORMAL RATE OF PROGRESS. INCLUDED IS A STATEMENT OF METHODS, PROCEDURES, EVALUATIONS, OBSERVATIONAL DATA FOR THE ONE SCHOOL TERM OF OPERATION, AND A STATEMENT OF ACTION. (TABLES SHOW COMPARISONS BETWEEN EXPERIMENTAL SCHOOL AND SIMILAR CONTROL.)
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Authoring Institution: Buffalo Board of Education, NY.
Identifiers: GREAT CITIES PROGRAM; NEW YORK; New York (Buffalo)