ERIC Number: ED059838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Vocabulary Development Project. Evaluation Report 2.
Saint Louis Public Schools, MO.
The St. Louis Vocabulary Development Project was developed to help children cope with the increasing vocabulary demands in content area textbooks encountered in the fourth grade. The project was presented over the school radio system for 30 minutes daily, 3 days weekly, for 30 weeks in about 150 schools. The fifth and sixth graders were taught 1,800 words, and the fourth graders received 585. For each radio lesson the students were pretested and post-tested. The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Lorge-Thorndike Intelligence Tests were administered before and after the project. Test results were factor analyzed and correlated with gains in vocabulary development. A teacher questionnaire was also administered. It was found that (1) the vocabulary development project had positive effects on measured achievement growth in general vocabulary and spelling; (2) it had a small, but positive, effect on measured changes in reading achievement and intelligence; (3) the effects on achievement variables were greatest for students in predominately black schools; and (4) teachers generally favored the project. Tables and references are included. (AW)
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Authoring Institution: Saint Louis Public Schools, MO.