ERIC Number: ED336729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
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Does a Connected Series Make a Difference? "Curious George" Revisited!
Milobar, Deirdre; And Others
A study examined the effectiveness of a literature based reading strategy used in a Chapter 1 setting, using a series of books with a familiar character. Subjects, 36 third-grade students in a Chapter 1 reading program at 5 different schools representing a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, were divided into control and experimental groups both using the "assisted reading strategy" (consisting of neurological impress, reading aloud, retelling of stories, vocabulary development, and creative writing) and a literature based reading program. Subjects in the experimental group used the "Curious George" series of books. The instruction lasted for 30 thirty-minute sessions. Pre- and posttest consisted of the Gates MacGinitie Form C Reading Comprehension test, the Slosson Word Recognition Test, and the Botel Word Opposites. Results indicated that all students made considerable gains but that students in the experimental group did not do significantly better than those in the control group. Findings suggest that using a connected series of books may enhance interest and enthusiasm but will not necessarily accelerate student progress. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Assisted Reading Instruction; Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1; Literature Based Reading Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (36th, Las Vegas, NV, May 6-10, 1991).