ERIC Number: ED101156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Operation Breakthrough 1972-1973. Final Evaluation Report.
EDCON Associates, Willow Grove, PA.
Operation Breakthrough, a special demonstration project to upgrade Spanish-speaking workers in entry-level factory jobs, was evaluated by a third-party evaluator at the end of its first year. The teacher training program was found, through interviews with teachers and aides, to be excellent. Curriculum materials were provided by the project, but each of the five sites where the project was carried out developed its own strategies. On-site visits determined that the emphasis in the English as a second language segment was on oral skills. Curriculum changes are planned. The physical facilities at the five sites ranged from poor to excellent, and three of the companies involved provided incentives for student enrollment. Students completing a questionnaire at the end of the school year exhibited a positive reaction to the program. Students who did not complete the program were not surveyed. Teacher responses to a questionnaire were also positive. Interviews with employers demonstrated the importance of their support in the program's outcome. Insufficient data were gathered from standardized tests in one step of the evaluation involving the Ilyin Oral Interview. Specific recommendations for improved use of personnel and equipment and clarification of program emphasis are offered. (AG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: EDCON Associates, Willow Grove, PA.