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ERIC Number: ED141482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptual Conditioning for Decoding, 1975-1976.
Lechowicz, Joseph S.
The Perceptual Conditioning for Decoding Program, funded under a special grant from the New York State Legislature, was designed for the teaching of decoding as the first phase in learning to read to 1900 kindergarten through third grade students in eleven schools in Queens County, New York. For those target students not knowing the alphabet, a preliminary Alphabet Identification phase was used to train them in alphabet letter naming. Classes included in the program were those with students of relatively low reading scores. The remedial component of the program included additional decoding skill training. The main screening measure was the Word Analysis sub-test of the Durrell Analysis of Reading Difficulty. The program was staffed by a part-time coordinator, one full-time auxiliary trainer, one part-time teacher trainer, and sixteen part-time educational assistants. Specific evaluation objectives of the program were: (1) that 90% of the participants would identify 100 percent of a random list of the entire alphabet correctly; (2) that the decoding ability of participants in the first, second, and third grades would show a statistically significant difference between their real and anticipated post-test scores; (3) that those participants in the remedial component would show a statistically significant difference between their real and anticipated post-test scores; and, (4) that the program would parallel the program proposal. The first evaluation objective was accomplished by 91.95 percent of the participants. The second evaluation objective showed statistically significant results. Although the third evaluation objective, which dealt with the remedial component, produced mixed results, participants did make gains in their decoding skills. Program implementation paralleled the program proposal. On the basis of the program evaluation, it was recommended that the program be recycled. Tabled data are included in this report. (Author/BS)
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)