ERIC Number: ED041977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May-15
Reference Count: 0
Initial Evaluation of Operation Wordpower.
Instructional Dynamics, Inc., Chicago, IL.
Operation Wordpower is a reading program reaching disadvantaged adults and operating in Chicago's urban community areas. The program accepts any person who is reading below the fifth grade level. Instruction is by means of the Sullivan reading materials adapted to the Edison Responsive Environment teaching technology (called "Talking Typewriter") until the students' reading ability improves to the sixth grade level. At this point the students graduate from the program, often moving on to other educational programs. This report is an evaluation of Operation Wordpower, utilizing information already available in the files of each of the four Center sites for a total of 372 students. Two questionnaires, one to determine student opinion and attitudes toward the program and the other to validate student attitudes by using staff responses, were respectively administered to students and staff. These data were used to review student characteristics and attitudes, to determine why students drop out, and to evaluate program effectiveness. Findings indicate that the program is effecting an important function in the area of reading improvement, but that it must be made more cost effective by moving to more locations and by instituting a more effective recruitment and motivational program. (RJ)
Descriptors: Adult Reading Programs, Audiovisual Instruction, Cost Effectiveness, Data Collection, Educationally Disadvantaged, Opinions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Reading Improvement, Reading Level, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Instructional Dynamics, Inc., Chicago, IL.
Identifiers: Edison Responsive Environment; Illinois (Chicago); Operation Wordpower; Talking Typewriters