ERIC Number: ED068944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Individualized, Non-graded Pilot Study in English for the Under-achiever.
Miller, Mercer; Price, Kay
The objective of the Gulfport Summer School project was to improve the teaching techniques in the English program so that unmotivated and underachieving students could experience some success. Students were grouped in English classes according to their spelling and language scores on the Stanford Achievement Test, Form X, in classes of from 10 to 12 and into four reading levels on the basis of tests scores on the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test. Participating teachers were chosen for their ability to deal with students from a low socio-economic level. Results of the project indicated that the combination of small classes, material geared to the interests and abilities of the students, and an atmosphere which encouraged participation and individual progress had produced improvement in language skills. The statistics based on the X & W forms of the SAT scores of the random pilot group are as follows: Spelling +1 Month; Language +6.5 months; Overall +4.5 months. A control group receiving traditional instruction showed the following results: Spelling +0; Language +5.6 months; Overall +2.8 months. The teachers concluded that a curriculum of this sort should not begin unless provisions are made to continue it for several years and they recommended various ways to set up the program and to carry it out. (Author/AL)
Descriptors: Achievement, Educational Strategies, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Instructional Materials, Language Arts, Low Ability Students, Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Reading Ability, Reading Interests, Student Motivation, Students, Teaching Methods, Underachievement
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gulfport Public Schools, MS.
Note: A report of a ten weeks' program of study in the summer school program of the East Junior High School, Gulfport, Mississippi, June 8 - August 14, 1970