ERIC Number: ED068900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Basic Skill Centers Evaluation, September, 1969 - June, 1971.
Clark, Sara Page
The Basic Skill Centers (BSC) program was developed to help students, primarily from the inner-city Target Area schools of Minneapolis, learn to read. The BSC approach was remedial, and each year more than 700 students, the majority in grades four through six, participated in the program. In 1969-70 the Talking Typewriter was one major aspect of the program. The student spent 20 minutes a day using this teaching machine and received 20 minutes of additional instruction from teachers and aides. In 1970-71 the BSC program was substantially revised. More hardware was used, in addition to the Talking Typewriter, and a multimedia room was developed. The students spent equal time in the multimedia room, on the typewriter, and in the related classrooms. The results for 1969-70 indicated that students did not make gains large enough to help them catch up in reading, nor were their gains better than a comparative group. The results for 1970-71 indicated that the BSC program was more successful, and students were progressing at a rate faster than the average child. Center children made average gains of eight and nine months in vocabulary and reading comprehension over the six-and-a-half month testing span. (Author/WR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn.