ERIC Number: ED166634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Basic Reading Skills in Secondary Schools.
Stallings, Jane A.
A total of 905 students and 51 teachers were involved in a two-phase study of the teaching of basic reading skills in secondary schools. The first phase of the study used an observation instrument, student ratings, a teacher questionnaire, and a reading achievement test to identify teaching processes that are efficient in helping secondary school students learn to read. The results suggested that, to achieve the most in reading, students should spend much of their class time using workbooks and textbooks, that teachers should use positive feedback and should work frequently with a group of students or with the total class, and that social interaction during class time should be limited. Through a series of workshops, the second phase of the study sought to translate these findings into information that could be used by classroom teachers to increase students' reading achievement. Teachers were placed into either an experimental group that was trained immediately according to the phase-one findings or into a control group that received training later. While the complete data from the study have not been thoroughly analyzed, preliminary findings indicate that teachers in the experimental group have reduced the negative behavior in their classrooms, have increased the amount of positive feedback, and have increased the amount of oral reading with low-reading-ability students. (FL)
Descriptors: Basic Reading, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Reading Skills, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods, Teaching Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)