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ERIC Number: ED033838
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Sylvia Ashton-Warner's Methods Tried in 4 U.S. Cities.
Packer, Athol B.
When follow-through kindergarten and first-grade pupils in four school systems across the United States were encouraged to pick their own key vocabulary words as recommended by the Sylvia Ashton-Warner method and to apply the words to the language experience method of learning reading, the lists the children requested differed significantly from the vocabulary introduced in the basal readers being used in the schools. Located in Arkansas, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Washington state, the schools had adopted texts from different publishers. In three of the schools 50 percent or more of the subjects were black, and the children in the fourth location included mixed races from migrant workers' families. In only one school were the words chosen by the children significantly related to the basal vocabulary; the pupil-selected vocabulary in one school correlated significantly to those in two other schools, and a significant correlation was found between vocabularies of all four of the basal texts. The use of the Ashton-Warner method resulted in enthusiastic reports from several teachers that their pupils "were writing their own experience stories much earlier than children in previous years." References are cited. (BT)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville.