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ERIC Number: ED001611
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 7
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THE PHILADELPHIA STORY.
CHILDREN INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT COMMUNITY INCLUDED A DIVERSITY OF ETHNIC GROUPS. NEGROES REPRESENTED THE LARGEST SINGLE GROUP, BUT INCREASING NUMBERS OF PUERTO RICAN FAMILIES WERE MOVING INTO THE NORTH CENTRAL PART OF PHILADELPHIA. THE CHILDREN OF THIS AREA WERE CHARACTERIZED BY THEIR FAILURE TO MEET PROJECTED GROWTH EXPECTANCIES IN CURRICULUM AREAS, THEIR LACK OF EXPERIENTIAL SUPPORTS NECESSARY TO SUCCESSFUL LEARNING IN SCHOOL, THEIR LOW ASPIRATIONAL LEVELS, THEIR DISRUPTED FAMILY PATTERNS, AND THEIR INEXPERIENCE AND LACK OF SPECIFIC SKILLS NEEDED TO FIND JOBS. PURPOSES WERE TO PROVIDE THESE CHILDREN WITH ADDED CONSULTATIVE SERVICES, TO PURCHASE EXTRA INSTRUCTIONAL EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS, TO FACILITATE CURRICULUM EXPERIMENTATION, AND TO ARRANGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CULTURAL AND EXPERIMENTAL ENRICHMENT. OBJECTIVES WERE TO (1) AID PUPIL GROWTH IN AREAS SUCH AS SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT, BEHAVIOR, AND ASPIRATIONAL LEVELS, (2) IMPROVE INSTRUCTION BY DEVELOPING TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS EFFECTIVE IN TEACHING THESE CHILDREN, AND (3) BETTER SCHOOL-COMMUNITY RELATIONS. TO OFFSET THE LAG IN LANGUAGE GROWTH APPARENT IN MOST OF THE PROJECT AREA CHILDREN, IT WAS NECESSARY TO ADD EXPERIENCES DESIGNED TO COUNTERACT THE EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEPRIVATION. EXPERIMENTATION IN READING INCLUDED THE TRIAL USE OF RELATIVELY "CULTURE FREE" BEGINNING READING AND WRITING SYSTEMS. A VARIETY OF GROUPING TECHNIQUES, AS WELL AS MATERIALS FOR CONCEPT BUILDING AND INCREASING POWER IN THE COMPREHENSION SKILLS, WERE USED. EXPERIMENTATION WITH DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO THE RETARDED READER IN UPPER GRADES AND IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL WAS INITIATED. FILMSTRIPS, TAPE RECORDINGS, RECORDS, AND FIELD TRIPS WERE USED.
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Identifiers: GREAT CITIES PROGRAM; Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)