ERIC Number: ED044932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Model Programs: Childhood Education. A Computer-Assisted Language Experience Which Allows Children to Create Their Own Reading Lessons.
American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
One hundred black children in two all-black elementary schools in rural Florida were taught reading by a method described as Differentiated, Oral, Visual, Aural, Computerized, Kinesthetic (DOVACK). The children dictated their own stories in their own Afro-American dialect on dictaphone belts. A computer furnished printouts of the stories for the children to read. They could also hear their own words played back on recordings made by the teacher. Each new word a student used was recorded by the computer; thus a running record of a child's vocabulary development was created. Reading progress was achieved by introducing students to standard English usage through composite stories. These were standard English versions of the pupil's own dictation and gave him a chance to recognize his own words and thoughts in a different context. Periodic tests were given to evaluate the students' progress and needs. The computer printed out a weekly pupil progress report which the teacher used to prescribe corrective steps. Present cost per student for the DORVACK approach is $770 above the regular district expenditure of $658. Parent support for the program is very good; and parents of children not in the program are asking for an expansion of the program to include all the children. (MF)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Communication (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III