ERIC Number: ED073416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Mobile Learning Centers in Minneapolis Secondary Schools 1970-1971.
Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn.
Self-teaching machines housed in trailer-classrooms were used to help 400 high school students improve their reading skills. The students, who were one or more years below grade level in reading skills at the start of the project, made positive gains in vocabulary and comprehension; progress was from two to six times that which was expected based on previous achievement. Gains were measured by the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test. The project used 32 TV-like teaching machines housed in two mobile units servicing four schools. The objectives were to raise reading levels in comprehension and vocabulary by one year in 80 hours of instruction. Although students operated the machines and tested their own progress by themselves, a certified reading teacher and aide were available for assistance. It was recommended that the project be continued, that only the comprehension section of the Gates-MacGinitie test be used for evaluating gains and that a controlled study be set up to investigate the effects of rewards on student achievement. (Author/DI)
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Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn.