ERIC Number: ED182730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Special Education TV Reading Program. Final Report.
District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
The District of Columbia Public Schools' Special Education Television Reading Program was a one-year program designed to improve reading skills and achievement through the use of intrinsically motivating materials and activities and to serve as a vehicle for students to move from special environments to the mainstream of regular education. Approximately 200 students in fifth through eighth grade and in eleventh grade in learning centers, special reading classes, and regular education settings were involved in the project. A total of 27 teachers prepared and implemented language arts activities relating to popular television shows. Drawing from a video tape library covering topics such as science, drama, history, and personal awareness, the teachers devised script activities using the vocabulary and dialogue of the actual tapes. The program was evaluated to determine the reading achievement of the students, their attitudes toward reading, the rate at which the students were mainstreamed, and their free reading behaviors. The findings revealed that students in the program showed greater mean gains in reading than they had in previous years, that their attitudes toward reading changed in a positive direction, and that they were mainstreamed at a faster rate during the project year than before. Free reading was inadequately recorded and no changes could be ascertained. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title IV