ERIC Number: ED335659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Literacy Skills of Delinquent Adolescents through Cottage-Based Whole Language Activities and Experiences.
Carbone, Vincent J.
A practicum was designed to train staff to improve (over an 8-month period) the literacy and reading skills of 60 delinquent adolescent boys residing in a juvenile correction facility. Most of the boys residing at the training school had poor school histories characterized by reading achievement scores several grade levels below their peers and little motivation to improve their skills. A review of the literature indicated that traditional classroom methods of reading instruction would not provide a solution to this problem, and therefore a whole language approach to reading was implemented during non-school hours in the transitional residential cottage. The cottage was flooded with reading material suitable to the needs of interests of this population. Results indicated that the youths' attitudes towards reading improved as measured by the Estes Scale to Measure Attitudes Toward Reading. Narrative and ethnographic data suggested substantial practical significance associated with the improved attitudes scores. Collaterally, disciplinary reports were reduced substantially. (Two figures are included; 1 appendix (the Whole Language Experience Skill Checklist) and 18 references are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Estes Attitude Scale
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.