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ERIC Number: ED089313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 14
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Promises and Problems in Student Planning Via Phase-Elective English.
Coats, Lowell S.
Phase-elective programs in English enable students to become involved in making curriculum choices. In an evaluation of the elective programs offered in the Fort Wayne Community Schools, it was found that (1) seventy percent of the students enjoyed being allowed to pick their own English courses; (2) eighty-eight percent of the students found phase-elective programs to be more to their liking than their previous programs; (3) sixty-three percent of the students felt phase-elective programs had positively affected their attitudes toward English; (4) students in the phase-elective schools were somewhat more positive in their response to language arts classes than were students in the traditional programs; and (5) students in the elective programs felt they were more involved in their curriculum planning. Scores on the Iowa Test of Educational Development over a four-year period indicated a rise of ten points on the English scores above the score for the year prior to the institution of a phase-elective program. Though scheduling continues to be a problem, proponents of the elective programs continue to seek new solutions, for it seems students in these programs have captured a spirit of course election that is positive. (HOD)
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