ERIC Number: ED141485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Reading Improvement Through Marine Environment Exploration, 1975-1976.
Gunther, Phyllis E.
This New York City Umbrella Program for reading enrichment was implemented in the context of the study of the marine environment. It combined language arts and science study as applied to the study of this environment. One hundred eighty-five pupils from seven fifth grade classes in four schools participated in the program. Classes of students with the greatest need for reading improvement were selected by principals who were receptive to the innovative program. The program objectives were: to determine whether pupils showed improvement in their ability to perceive relationships in science terminology and concepts enabling them to organize and classify information according to common characteristics, and finally, to determine whether pupils showed significant improvement in their ability to read and construct graphs, diagrams and tables. Pupils were pre and post tested using the Science Research Associates criterion-reference test called Probes. The evaluation indicated that all objectives were attained except significant improvement in reading skills. The report concluded that the program proved that the gains in reading comprehension skills of classifying, and distinguishing fact from fiction and opinion was attributed to the quality of the curriculum and program. (JP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Media, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Grade 5, Instructional Innovation, Low Achievement, Nontraditional Education, Observation, Program Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Reading Comprehension, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Note: New York City Board of Education Function No. 20-63439