ERIC Number: ED041961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Project Mobilization: A Program for the Educationally Disadvantaged in a Suburban Community. Research Bulletin, Council Schools at Work.
Carl, David L.
Project Mobilization was a program designed to discover relevant materials and procedures for stimulating interest and motivation in educationally disadvantaged suburban youth. In the Union County Regional High School District No. 1, New Jersey, 15 percent of students were found to be "educationally disadvantaged." Preliminary steps in the mobilization program were inservice teacher training and curriculum writing projects in the summers of 1967, 1968, and 1969. The program was instituted for grade 9 in 1967, for grade 10 in 1968, and for the junior level in 1969. For all three of the grade levels, a social studies and English curriculum was developed utilizing the multi media approach--games, puzzles, poll taking, and participating in community activities. The summer projects were followed by monthly inservice sessions, which were held to be so successful that a project for grade 12 is to be held in the summer of 1970. The dropout rate since the project began fell to under 1 percent, and students averaged a 1.2 grade level increase in reading. The greatest strengths of the program are considered to have been the preparation of teachers to meet the needs of the educationally disadvantaged and the construction of relevant topics to promote motivation, while reinforcing and introducing needed skills for achievement in high school. (RJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey School Development Council, New Brunswick.
Identifiers: New Jersey; Project Mobilization; Union County Regional School District NJ
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