ERIC Number: ED204073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Title I Parents as Compensatory Reading Instructors: Is There No Place Like Home? Publication No. 80.58.
Welsh, David J.; And Others
The Austin (Texas) Independent School District invited 333 children (pre-kindergarten to grade 5) of black, Hispanic, and other families eligible for Title I services and considered likely to complete a learning program to participate in the 1980 summer At-Home Program, designed to improve the reading skills of low achieving elementary school students. Students received one of eight 10-lesson At-Home reading "sessions" keyed to pre-kindergarten to grade 6 reading abilities. Lessons, completed with the parents' help, were returned to the At-Home headquarters in Maryland for grading. Program evaluation was based on the reading achievement gains of the participating students compared to those of a control group; the degree of family participation; the families' use of the materials; and the families' opinions of the project. Based on evaluation by standardized tests, the program had no discernible impact on the students' reading achievement. However, parents helped their children complete an average of 7.7 lessons with only .86 errors per completed lesson. The parents, who showed little variation in their use of the materials, were generally very enthusiastic about the program and many suggested its continuation. The potential changes in the parents' attitudes towards their children's educational progress were important. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: At Home Program; Austin Independent School District TX; ESEA Title I Migrant Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, 1981).