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ERIC Number: ED141478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Child Centered Reading Program; Evaluation Period September, 1975 to June 1976.
Lechowicz, Joseph S.
This report evaluated the Child Centered Reading Program which was designed to develop and improve reading ability, behavioral attitudes, and self image of the 2000 inner city elementary students participating in the program. The program was administered by a coordinator, four reading teachers and two educational assistants. The activities included introduction of the lesson by the teacher, workbook activity, reading from the reader either individually or in small groups, and testing at the conclusion of each book. Recreational activities were also an integral part of the program. Seven hundred thirty eight kindergarteners, 521 first graders, 355 second graders, and 313 third graders from six Queens public schools participated in the program. The evaluation of the program was to determine whether the reading grades of the students showed a statistically significant difference between pre-test and post-test scores. Also, the self image of the program participants was assessed by the Teacher's Evaluation of a Child's Self-Image Rating Scale at the beginning and end of the program. The summary of the evaluation findings indicated that kindergarten and first graders improved their reading ability as prescribed in the program objective. Sixty-four and six-tenths percent of the second graders achieved on or above reading grade levels as measured by post-tests. However, third grade test results failed to show anticipated gains in reading grades. The results of the self image scale indicated that 97 percent of the participating students maintained or improved their self image ratings with 82 percent showing outright improved ratings. The self image scale is included in the appendix. (Author/JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)