ERIC Number: ED043481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Science Skills Center Approach To Develop Functional Literacy Among Socially Disadvantaged Youth, An NDEA Sponsored Laboratory Demonstration Project.
A Science Skills Center was designed and operated as part of an NDEA Summer Institute for Teachers in Grades 6-9, in which 40 teachers participated. These teachers were provided with the opportunity to participate in demonstration centers working with some 90 children, whose reading scores ranged from 3.0 to 8.5, and who ranged in age from 11 to 14. Thirty of the children worked in the Science Skills Center. These children also worked in Reading Skill Centers, which were designed as learning laboratories where children work individually, or in small groups, interacting with self-directing materials which were matched to diagnosed needs. The Science Skills Centers provided learning experiences which integrated reading with highly motivating science experiences. The science experiments provided the children with a concrete meaning for words, and provided the opportunity to learn science concepts and processes. The children responded enthusiastically to the various tasks in which they were involved. Reading gains of approximately one-half of a grade were obtained. [Not available in hardcopy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (BR)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Yeshiva Univ., New York, NY. Ferkauf Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (43rd, Minneapolis, Minn., March 5-8, 1970)