ERIC Number: ED047012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Enhancement of Educational Effect Through Extensive and Intensive Intervention--The Gulfport Project.
Goolsby, Thomas M., Jr.; Frary, Robert B.
Two hundred first grade children participated in an experimental program involving innovative curricula and instructional techniques. A pretest-posttest method of instruction, employing sequenced and structured learning activities, enabled each child to progress at an individual rate and was supplemented by a readiness program. Evaluation of the project was undertaken to determine the effect of generous expenditures, used to modify basic conditions (class size, for example), on achievement levels. Ability and achievement tests were administered to both the experimental and comparison groups throughout the year. Analysis revealed that although the average mental age was 6 months lower for the experimental group, it essentially matched the comparison group on achievement at the end of the school year. If mental age is used as a covariate, the experimental group exceeded the comparison group on 8 of the 10 achievement variables. The effect of other variables, including readiness, sex, father's occupation, integration, grouping, Head Start, and variable interactions on achievement are also reported. The validity of the Metropolitan Readiness Test is discussed in detail and implications of the study are pointed out. Instructional materials used in the project are listed in the appendix. (PR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Class Size, Demonstration Programs, Desegregation Effects, Educational Experiments, Educationally Disadvantaged, Grade 1, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Instructional Innovation, Intervention, Learning Readiness, Low Achievement, Parent Background, Performance Factors, Program Evaluation, Research Design, Sequential Learning, Sex Differences, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Gulfport Municipal Separate School District, MS.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title III; Gulfport Project; Metropolitan Achievement Tests; Metropolitan Readiness Tests