ERIC Number: ED117140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Mobile Learning Centers of Minneapolis 1973-74.
Clark, Sara H.
Self-teaching machines housed in trailer-classrooms were used for the fourth year to help 351 students in two Minneapolis Title I secondary schools improve their reading skills. A gain of 1.4 grade equivalent months by 25 percent of the students (using Gates-MacGinitie Comprehension tests) for each month on roll was the specific objective of the project. Furthermore, 50 percent of the students were to show a gain of at least one grade equivalent month for each month on roll. The project featured the use of three-button response machines with both commercially and locally developed materials. Machines were housed in two large trailers which were located at Bryant and North secondary schools. Although students operated the machines and tested their own progress at the end of each lesson, assistance was available from the certified reading teacher and paraprofessional who staffed each trailer. In 1973-74 gain scores were obtained from only 39 percent of the students because of pupil transfers, truancy, and faulty testing procedures. On the basis of the small number (136) of students tested, the project met its objectives in that 71 percent gained at the rate of 1.4 grade equivalent months for each month on roll and 76 percent gained one grade equivalent month for each month on roll. It was recommended that the Mobile Learning Centers' program be continued. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of School Systems (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Education for the Disadvantaged.
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Minneapolis)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I