ERIC Number: ED072573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Effingham Program for the Improvement of Pre-College English. Final Evaluation Report.
Illinois State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Springfield. Gifted Children Section.; Effingham School District, IL.
The report presents results of the evaluation of the Effingham Program for the Improvement of Pre-College English, an advanced course in pre-college rhetoric offered to gifted students in several classes over a period of several years. The project attempted to improve both intellectual content and methods of instruction for gifted students in the areas of writing and dialogue in the English language. Major program features are explained: inductive teaching, student grading of themes, daily practice in purposive and disciplined writing, use of specially prepared symbolic logic materials, and the Hawthorne effect (as the result of being a demonstration project). Data from students and visitors showed that both groups perceived unique aspects of the instruction. Other data showed that students who took the course received improved grades in freshman English classes at three universities, and that the writing ability of the students in the course improved decidedly during the school year they were studied. (KW)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Springfield. Gifted Children Section.; Effingham School District, IL.