ERIC Number: ED186550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Environmental Education/Communication Skill Program. Summer 1979. Final Report.
The Environmental Education/Communication Skills program was designed to improve junior high school students' reading and writing skills. The key idea of the program was to motivate reading and writing improvement through environmental topic learning. Content focus areas were: orienteering, plant life, animal life, environmental problems, and future planning. A problem-solving approach and scientific method of investigation were stressed. Program evaluation focused on program operation and program effect. The program appeared to be fully implemented. The strengths of the program were seen as content base and focus for language arts activities, positive staff attitudes, staff preparation, basic organization of rotating groups in topic areas, availability and quality of materials and equipment, and supervision and coordination. Students' achievement in reading comprehension was evaluated pre and post by the Literal and Inferential comprehension subtests of the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test. Fifty-eight percent of participating students reached or exceed the criterion in literal comprehension, 54% percent reached or exceeded the criterion in inferential comprehension. Ninety percent had acceptable scores on Writing Sample Characteristics Tests. Student and staff attitudes were evaluated using a questionnaire format. The staff felt the program was meeting its goals and should be maintained. Student responses were very positive. (MK)
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Content Area Reading, Environmental Education, Junior High Schools, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Reading Comprehension, Reading Improvement, Remedial Programs, Remedial Reading, Summer Programs, Writing (Composition), Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community School District 27, Queens, NY.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; New York (Queens)