ERIC Number: ED170699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of the Right to Read Process in Spencer Compared with the Eleven other Charter Right to Read Communities in Massachusetts from 1973 to 1977.
O'Connor, Edward R.
The impact of the Right to Read program in Spencer, Massachusetts, and the 11 other Massachusetts Charter communities was investigated in the following respects: to assess changes in teachers' perceptions toward the reading program, to compare the perceptions of school and community populations, to measure the amount of children's reading, to determine whether Right to Read had influenced the reading performance of complete grades and to ascertain the influence of volunteer tutors on the scores of selected students, and to compare the communities on the basis of key elements of Right to Read. A group of 1,000 Spencer students, grades 1 through 6, were examined. Results were as follows: teachers' perceptions had become more positive; there was strong school and community acceptance of the program; in each succeeding year, the quantity of student reading increased; complete grades improved in reading from below to above the fiftieth percentile; tutored students improved; and the influence of Right to Read was greatest in Spencer. The findings suggest that the impact of Right to Read lies in improving teaching specifics in a climate stressing process and humaneness. (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Massachusetts; Right to Read
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University