ERIC Number: ED224006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep-29
Reference Count: 0
Summative Evaluation of Reading for a Reason: A Reading Series for Grades 7 and 8.
Webb, Norman L.
A summative evaluation of the instructional television series "Reading for a Reason" was conducted during the spring of 1982 as part of the premier showing of the series over the Wisconsin Educational Television Network. The series consisted of eight programs designed to teach skills for content area reading to seventh and eighth grade students. Each program presented skills and techniques that could be used to get meaning and retain information from reading textbooks and other expository materials. The study involved over 1,300 students who were given a pretest and posttest, and over 60 teachers who completed questionnaires or supplied supplementary information. A version of the Solomon Four Group Design was used because this design makes it possible to determine the effects of testing. The tests were composed of three parts--a reading style inventory, a comprehension test of the TV series elements, and a reading comprehension test. Findings from the evaluation show that (1) students at grade 7 who had used the series reported using techniques that were conducive to effective reading more frequently than did the control group; (2) students at both grade levels learned statistically more about specific skills presented in the program than did the control group; and (3) taking into consideration the pretest scores, students in grade 7 who used the series scored significantly higher on the main idea reading scale. Teachers on the whole reported being satisfied with the series and gave the series and its manual a positive overall rating. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, Madison.
Identifiers: Reading for a Reason; Wisconsin