ERIC Number: ED173363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Symposium on Direct Instruction: The Follow Through Data Show That Some Programs Work Better Than Others.
Becker, Wesley C.
The Abt Associates' final report on the Follow-Through Planned Variation Experiment is defended against the critique published by a blue ribbon panel funded by the Ford Foundation. In contrast to the conclusions drawn by House, Glass, McLean, and Walker that Follow Through showed no "winners" or "losers", the National Evaluation significance data show clearly that direct instruction outperformed other approaches on nearly all measures. Furthermore, a simple examination of normative data for the direct instruction model in comparison to eight other major models, shows that the children in the direct instruction model are at or near national norms on all Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT) measures at the end of third grade. The conclusions drawn from these analyses are also supported by a reanalysis by Bereiter and Kurland. (Author/MH)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Basic Skills, Compensatory Education, Data Analysis, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Models, National Norms, National Programs, Primary Education, Program Effectiveness, Research Design, Research Problems, Research Reviews (Publications), Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project Follow Through
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978); For Abt Report, see ED 148 490-493; For House et. al.'s critique, see EJ 173 526