ERIC Number: ED119129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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The Effect of a Fixed Lower Student-Staff Ratio Utilizing Paraprofessionals and Variable Fixed Time Changes on Reading Scores of Grade Six Students with Deficiencies in Basic Reading Skills.
Viars, Theodore J.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a supplementary reading program utilizing paraprofessionals and increased instructional time on the reading scores of grade six students with identified deficiencies in basic reading skills. To achieve this purpose, the test scores of three experimental groups were compared with the scores of students receiving regular time and regular student/staff ratio. One experimental group received increased staff time utilizing paraprofessionals, the second experimental group received increased instructional time; and the third experimental group received both increased staff time and increased instructional time. Teaching methodology, materials, and equipment were the same for all groups. The test scores of the three experimental groups were compared to further study the effect of student/staff ratio and increased time on the test scores of students. The study indicated that supplementary programs in reading skill development significantly improved total reading scores for students who received the three experimental conditions. Further, the third condition of reduced student/staff ratio and increased instructional time significantly improved total reading scores when compared to all other conditions. (Author/MKM)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Grade 6, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Remedial Reading, Supplementary Education, Time Factors (Learning)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University