ERIC Number: ED025526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Standard Speech Development Program: 1968 Report.
Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA.
Initiated in 1965, the Standard Speech Development Program of the Pittsburgh Public Schools was designed to give junior high school students control of standard English speech through oral pattern drills based on particular phonetic or grammatical structures of standard English. By the end of the 1967-68 school year, pattern drills were part of the English curriculums in 37 Pittsburgh schools and an evaluation of the program had begun. For the evaluation, 23 randomly selected teachers were interviewed to determine their understanding of program objectives, their actual classroom use of pattern drills, and the effectiveness of inservice training. Analysis of data showed that teachers were unable to identify valid program objectives and that discrepancies existed between recommended time allotments and actual classroom practice. No appreciable changes in teachers' attitudes or procedures resulted from the inservice training. At the time of this progress report, the Program is faced with two further tasks of evaluation: the development of suitable instruments for measuring student achievement and the reexamination of teachers' attitudes and practices. (The appendices include an outline of the Program and copies of the interview questions.) (JS)
Descriptors: Dialects, English Instruction, Inservice Teacher Education, Language Patterns, Language Usage, Oral English, Pattern Drills (Language), Program Evaluation, Regional Dialects, Secondary Education, Speech, Speech Communication, Speech Habits, Speech Improvement, Standard Spoken Usage, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA.