ERIC Number: ED334330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep-26
Reference Count: N/A
Project Read: Reading for Educational Achievement and Development.
Project Reading for Educational Achievement and Development (READ) uses community resource people to motivate at-risk minority group high school females to persist in their academic endeavors and develop their abilities. First conducted in the Santa Monica (California) Unified School District, this lunchtime program focuses on improving student attitudes towards reading, school, and literacy. Community members lead discussions on topics of interest to the students, incorporating written materials selected by the speaker, and students wrap up the discussion with a written exercise. The Project also developed a videotape of librarians interacting in the library with minority females and an accompanying teacher's guide. Evaluation information was gathered from pre- and posttest scores on the Demos D attitude scale and from responses to a student questionnaire. The following findings are reported: (1) attitudes towards education and school improved significantly; (2) attitudes towards peers and parents improved significantly, but attitudes towards teachers declined; (3) students reported more frequent use of the library and an increase in ownership of library cards; and (4) students reported increased interest in tutorial programs. An advisory committee that reviewed the videotape and teacher's guide recommended the addition of more detailed information. The following materials are appended: (1) a list of six references; (2) three tables of statistical data; (3) an 11-item bibliography; and (4) a questionnaire for assessing the videotape. (FMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project READ NY
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April, 1991).