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ERIC Number: ED107746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Practices in Inner-City Schools: Two Contributions.
Fitz-Gibbon, Carol Taylor
Two studies are briefly reported here, one concerned with a method for locating high ability inner-city students, and the other dealing with a method of motivating low achieving inner-city students. Both studies drew on a population of black junior high school students, eighth and ninth graders, 14, 15, and 16 years of age. In the first study, four potential screening measures were applied to the eighth grade of an inner-city junior high school. For each measure, those students in the top two percent on that measure were given the Advanced Progressive Matrices test and then the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). The WISC performance scores were taken as the criterion identifying the top nine students (approximately two percent), who were to be designated "mentally gifted" within this population. The second study investigated a method of motivating low-achieving junior high school students to learn mathematics by using them as tutors for fourth graders. Before each tutoring session, the tutors were coached on the material they were to teach. At the end of this brief pilot study, arithmetic tests were given in the fourth and ninth grade classrooms. Results showed significant gains for the ninth grade tutors. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Raven Progressive Matrices; California Achievement Tests; California Test of Mental Maturity; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children