ERIC Number: ED069831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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A Study of the Effects of Compensatory Instruction in Language Arts and in Arithmetic on Achievement, Study Habits, and Selected Attitudes of Eighth Grade Students in a Depressed Area School.
Goldner, Lawrence R.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of compensatory periods of language arts or arithmetic instruction on the achievement (in these subject areas) of two matched groups of eighth grade students, as compared to a third (control) group of eighth graders who did not receive any compensatory instruction. The study also examined the effects of the compensatory program on study habits and selected attitudes of these same students. The experimental program was conducted in a depressed-area school with a pupil population that was virtually 100 percent Negro. More than 80 percent of the students were below grade-level in reading and arithmetic. The program consisted of three extra hours per week, for 18 weeks, of individualized and small group instruction in basic skills. Remediation activities were based upon the diagnosis of each pupil's needs and made use of a wide variety of high interest multi-media and multi-level materials. One experimental group of 120 students, divided equally into four ability-level classes based upon reading achievement, received additional instruction in language arts skills. A second matched (by reading achievement) experimental group of 120 students received additional instruction in arithmetic skills. The 90 control pupils received no compensatory instruction. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Black Students, Compensatory Education, Curriculum Development, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Diagnosis, Individualized Instruction, Junior High School Students, Language Arts, Low Achievement, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, Student Attitudes, Study Habits
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Identifiers - Location: New York