ERIC Number: ED395007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Al Manaahil: An Original Arabic Children's Television Series in Reading.
Murphy, Richard T.
Between April 1985 and January 1988, the Educational Testing Service evaluated Al Manaahil (The Sources), a television series in reading for Arab children. The series, produced and broadcast in Jordan, contained 65 half-hour shows in Modern Standard Arabic for children in grades 1 through 4. More than 5,000 children in Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia were tested in the evaluation. Test data from Jordan showed a positive impact on children's reading skills. Positive results were similar for boys and girls, and they held up across different tests and different schools. Positive results were more pronounced on items more clearly related to specific reading goals. Most children liked the series, and responses of parents and teachers were also positive. A majority of teachers (54%) reported that the series had a positive or very positive effect on their teaching. Participants in an adult literacy program (33 of 83 participants) reported that they watched the programs on a regular basis, and viewers performed better on the series test battery than did nonviewers. Six appendixes provide details about the program; its test battery; the parent, teacher, and adult questionnaires; and the advisory committee for test development. (Contains 5 figures and 17 tables.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Al Manaahil; Jordan; Morocco; Tunisia