ERIC Number: ED337281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Programme for Learning Enrichment. A Van Leer Project: An Evaluation.
This paper reports the evaluation of a project undertaken by the Sarawak Education Department to improve the quality of education in upper primary classes in rural Sarawak, Malaysia. The project is known officially as the Programme for Learning Enrichment, and commonly as the Van Leer Project, after the international agency which provides the main funding. Project trials began in 1984 in 13 semirural and rural primary schools. The objectives of the project involved remedial teaching, parental and community involvement, and community development. Activities relevant to these objectives included the development of tests and teaching approaches; the formation of parent-teacher associations; and dialogue sessions with agencies concerned with community development. Evaluation of pupil outcomes indicated an increase in academic performance between 1983 and 1985, and a decrease between 1985 and 1986. During the project, teacher competency improved and parent involvement increased. Suggestions for replication of the project, with a reconsideration of priorities, are offered. A proposed plan of action for project replication suggests operational, delivery, and support activities. Appendixes present a list of activities carried out by the Van Leer Project and the results of the assessment test for the sample schools. (BC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Standardized Tests, Student Improvement, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Authoring Institution: University of Science, Penang (Malaysia).
Identifiers: Malaysia (Sarawak); Van Leer Foundation