ERIC Number: ED336402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Multicultural Reading and Thinking. Executive Summary and McRAT Report.
McRAT Report, n1 Jan 1991
The Multicultural Reading and Thinking (McRAT) Program of the Arkansas public schools is described, and results of a study of its effectiveness are reported. The McRAT Program is a process that empowers teachers to refocus instruction and restructure standard curricula for higher order thinking. The multicultural emphasis provides a meaningful context for thinking activities and encourages parent and community involvement. Instruction focuses on: (1) analysis; (2) comparison; (3) inference and interpretation; and (4) evaluation. Assessment of student progress and achievement involves several performance-based measures, including portfolios, with emphasis on student writing. In 1989-90, a study was conducted involving 340 randomly-selected students in the McRAT Program in grades 4, 5, and 6 in six schools. Achievement of these students was compared with that of students receiving typical instruction. McRAT Program students made significant progress in their abilities to reason and to communicate in writing, and their achievement gains were significantly higher regardless of socioeconomic factors. Implications for compensatory education, teacher training, and educational reform are discussed in the context of the National Education Goals for the Year 2000. Ten figures and three tables are included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Strategies, Elementary School Students, Intermediate Grades, Multicultural Education, Portfolios (Background Materials), Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Reading Programs, Reading Skills, Skill Development, State Programs, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.
Identifiers: Arkansas; Multicultural Reading and Thinking Program AR