ERIC Number: ED021703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Development of Reading and English Language Materials for Grades 7-9 in Depressed Urban Areas. Final Report.
Smiley, Marjorie B.
The Hunter College Project English Curriculum Center (1962-68) developed and field tested 14 units in English language arts for junior high school students in depressed urban areas who were reading an average of 2 years below grade. The purpose of the curriculum was to interest and motivate students by providing them with literature related to their own lives and by involving them in language activities related to their concerns. The anthologies which served as the core of these units dealt with human interest themes and included selections about minority groups. Each unit included a detailed manual for teachers, supplementary audiovisual materials, and an annotated book list for individualized reading. The methodology emphasized active learning and learning sequences which would aid students to discover concepts and principles. Special attention was given to study and test-taking skills. These units were field tested in schools in New York, Ohio, Florida, and California. Approximately 5,000 students participated. Teachers, students, and independent observers judged the units relevant to student interests, motivating, and teachable. Schools which reported reading scores generally showed that students in the experimental program achieved gains equal to or better than comparable to control groups.
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Hunter Coll.