ERIC Number: ED033832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
A Model for Non-Gradedness: The Reading Program for Individually Prescribed Instruction.
Beck, Isabel L.; Bolvin, John O.
Elementary English, v46 p130-135 Feb 1969
A model curriculum for individually prescribed reading instruction based on a linguistic approach to reading was developed. Four overlapping stages of reading were defined: prereading, decoding, comprehension and skills development, and independent reading. Within these four stages, 13 areas of study on 11 levels of difficulty were delineated, and approximately 400 behavioral objectives were written and arranged by study area and sequenced by difficulty. The intersection of each area of study with a difficulty level was called a unit. Learner competence in each of these areas was determined by performance on four types of diagnostic instruments developed for the program: a placement test, a unit pretest, a curriculum-embedded test, and a unit post-test. Daily individual pupil prescriptions based on pupil achievement and needs were written by the teacher. The prescription directed the child to staff-prepared worksheets, disc recordings and response sheets, adapted Sullivan Associates Programmed Reading materials, or other materials. Although the emphasis was on self-instruction, group instruction for particular purposes was done on a flexible basis. A computer-assisted management system for data collection and processing designed to aid the teacher in making daily individual pupil prescriptions was developed as a part of the project. (CM)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Computer Assisted Instruction, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, Developmental Reading, Elementary School Curriculum, Individualized Instruction, Individualized Reading, Linguistics, Programed Instruction, Programing, Reading Programs, Sequential Approach, Units of Study
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.