ERIC Number: ED135871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Reading Improvement Through Teacher Education. Final Fourth-Year Report; Report Number 7703.
Kaplan, Marion; And Others
The Reading Improvement Through Teacher Education (RITE) project provided in-service training in reading instruction to elementary school teachers, and helped principals and reading coordinators to organize their school reading programs. The project's intended mode of operation was fully implemented. RITE specialists provided service contacts to school personnel, and conducted in-service meetings. Taken together, the RITE objectives depict an ideal reading-instruction situation. Within the framework of these objectives, the RITE specialists have provided a wide variety of services to a large number of teachers. These services were delivered on a needs and interest basis and with varying degrees of intensity. Over the four years of the project's operation, teachers and administrators in RITE schools appear to have developed greater awareness and interest in reading instruction, as evidenced by their increased requests for service. More formal assessment of the project's degree of success in attaining its objectives is being made through the use of a pre-post design which focuses on new teachers. The results of pre and post classroom observations and pretest and posttest administration of the RITE Case Study indicated that the project's objectives were fully attained. As a result of workshops and intensive on-site help provided to new teachers by the RITE staff, there was evidence of progress toward the development of the entire set of reading-instruction skills, and since the students' reading ability is dependent to a large degree on the skill of the classroom teacher, the ultimate beneficiaries of the RITE services should be the students served by these teachers. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA. Office of Research and Evaluation.
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