ERIC Number: ED046223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
St. Louis Public Schools Vocabulary Development Project. Radio in Language Growth for Study and Discussion.
A radio placed in each classroom was successfully used as an aid to teaching 1,800 new words to 24,000 middle grade, public school children in St. Louis. The lessons were presented three days weekly over the school system's radio station. Students were tested before and after each lesson. The pre- and re-test answer sheets were scored at the school's computer center, with printouts of the resulting data being sent to the teachers. The results of the project were that, with the single exception of the sixth grade reading scores, children achieved well above what was expected on all measures at all levels. Most gains were three to four months above expected. Changes in IQ scores were also very encouraging. The sixth grade city-wide average score on the Lorge-Thorndike IQ test was 100.1 in May 1970, the first time in many years that an entire grade level of St. Louis has equalled the national average on paper-and-pencil IQ test. The precise cause of the gains is not certain. It may be that the project simulated the environment that helps make middle-class children verbal. (MF)
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Authoring Institution: Saint Louis Public Schools, MO.
Identifiers: Lorge Thorndike Intelligence Tests; St Louis Vocabulary Development Project; Teachers Workbook of 30000 Words