ERIC Number: ED059024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Urban Education Program "Multi-Sensory Stations Program." District 10, New York City Board of Education.
The objectives of the program were to provide reading remediation and curriculum enrichment through the use of audiovisual resources and to train teachers in using new instructional media and developing new instructional techniques. The program was coordinated by a full-time teacher with the help of one paraprofessional assistant in each participating school. Mobile carts housing different equipment and materials were moved by the assistants from one classroom to another to provide individual, small group, and whole-group instruction. The target pupils were those evaluated to be below grade level. Evaluation was done through interviews, questionnaires, observations, and analysis of test results for an experimental group from four schools and a control group from six schools. The following findings were obtained: (1) a majority of children who participated in the program liked it, (2) there was a need for better communication with the children as to the methods and goals of the lessons, (3) the general performance was significantly lower in comprehension than in word recognition, (4) the experimental group made significantly greater gains over the control group (p<.01) on the Metropolitan Reading Achievement Test, and (5) teachers had mixed reactions to the program--the major problem identified was the relationship between teachers and the paraprofessional assistants. Recommendations were made for improvement and continuation of the program. (AW)
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Authoring Institution: Fordham Univ., Bronx, NY. Inst. for Research and Evaluation.