ERIC Number: ED122038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Using the Newspaper as an A.B.E. Instructional Aid.
Smith, Robin; Kozacik, Mary
The paper describes the evaluation of a packet of 48 Adult Basic Education (A.B.E.) instructional units, designed to help the A.B.E. learner read the newspaper with more facility and interest. The extent to which planned activities were carried out (process) and the extent to which program objectives for changing performance of the project subjects were achieved (product) were evaluated. A section of the report on the process evaluation describes project planning and implementation. A pretest/posttest method was used with a control group (given 30 hours of conventional reading instruction) and an experimental group (given 30 hours work on the newspaper units with no other reading instruction). An interest survey and the A.B.E. Student Survey, Follett, 1966, Part 1 (to assess reading level gain) were used to determine the effectiveness of the materials. The same methods and instruments were used with different control and experimental groups to collect data on product evaluation. These are presented and analyzed indicating that use of the units increased students' interests in using the newspaper but resulted in no significant reading level gain. Appended are: a five-item bibliography, the interest survey, attrition and completion chart, anecdotal observations, and proposed changes in the materials. (Author/MS)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Reading Programs, Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, Curriculum Evaluation, Demonstration Programs, Dropout Characteristics, Educational Media, Experimental Groups, Newspapers, Pretesting, Pretests Posttests, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Student Interests, Unit Plan
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Office of Education, Springfield. Adult and Continuing Education Section.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Black Hawk Coll., Moline, IL.
Note: For related document, see CE 006 882