ERIC Number: ED070071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Individual Conferences to Promote Independent Reading: A Report on the Field Test.
Stewart, Deborah; And Others
Individual Conferences to Promote Independent Reading is one of four classroom activities in the system of Individually Guided Motivation. A package of teacher-education materials designed to allow schools to implement the program of individual conferences was evaluted in six different school settings. Objectives were identified for both the conference leaders (direct target group) and the pupils participating in conferences (indirect target group). The conference leaders, after using film, handbook, and user's manual included in the package, were assessed both by a paper-and-pencil test and by observation during the conferences. In all but one school, conference leaders were considered to have achieved an adequate level of knowledge and skill in conducting conferences. Conference leaders' responses to a questionnaire and their extension of the conference technique to other subject-matter areas indicated that they perceived the program as usable and effective. Students in Grades 2-6 participated in the conferences. Significant gains in number of books read during an eight-week period were observed at all grades. A positive change in attitude toward reading was observed at all grades, with a significant change in Grades 4-6. Children participating in the conferences showed significant gains in reading skills. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.
Note: Report from the Program 2 Component, A System of Individually Guided Motivation