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ERIC Number: ED072410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 289
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A Study of the Effectiveness of Cross-Level Grouping of Middle School Underachievers for Reading Instruction.
Chismar, Sister Marie Helene
This investigation tested whether an experimental group using cross-level grouping made greater gains in reading achievement than a control group using the conventional approach of one-level-lower instruction in providing for underachievers. The subjects, 401 students in grades 4 through 8 (169 of whom were underachievers according to scores on the Stanford Reading Achievement Tests), were randomly assigned to control and experimental groups. The research design was a multivariate analysis of variance with unequal N's and repeated measures on the final factor. Tests were reported at the .05 level of significance. The Lorge Thorndike Intelligence Tests, the Stanford Reading Achievement Tests--Forms W, X, Y, the Reading Attitude Scale--Form B, the Student Opinion Poll, a sociometric questionnaire, and a teachability factor inventory were used. Cross-level grouping gave evidence of significant reading achievement mean gains in grades 4 and 7, near significant in grade 8 and total sample, and nonsignificant in grades 5 and 6. It was concluded that cross-level experimentation is safe and worthy of replication and that there is more to gain from using it in instructing underachievers than from not using it. (Author/DD)
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