ERIC Number: ED041730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-6
Reference Count: 0
A Demonstration of an Improved Science Curriculum for Underachieving Students, DISCUS, A Progress Report for 1968-69.
Bingham, N. Eldred; And Others
This is a progress report of the Demonstration of an Improved Science Curriculum for Underachieving Students (DISCUS) project for 1968-69. This project is based on the premise that if underachieving junior high school youth are separated from their more successful peers, placed in a success-oriented environment, and provided with a series of meaningful small group activities using a directed discovery approach, then one can improve their attitudes towards themselves, their teachers, and their schools. The data reported in this paper were obtained from 29 teachers teaching 34 DISCUS classes of 1,012 students and 33 teachers teaching 33 classes of 960 students which served as a control. The results of the study indicated that (1) a preferential treatment of disadvantaged students in success-oriented science classes does improve their attitudes toward school personnel and school, (2) without a hospitable classroom environment, the students' attitudes toward themselves, school personnel, and school deteriorates, (3) that involvement in relevant small group laboratory activities does enable disadvantaged students to continue to develop, and (4) that even as late as during the junior high school years it is possible to rehabilitate educationally disadvantaged underachievers. (LC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Duval County School Board, Jacksonville, FL.; Florida Univ., Gainesville.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (43rd, Minneapolis, Minne., March 5-8, 1970)