ERIC Number: ED166644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
A Field Research Study of the Holt Basic Reading System (1977-1978).
Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, NY. Product School Research.
To investigate the effectiveness of the "The Holt Basic Reading System, 1977" in a variety of schools that had used the system for one or two years, a four-part field study was devised that involved selecting demographic data on the participating schools, assessing the judgments and ideas of the school administrators in regard to the reading methodology and design, determining the teachers' reactions to the program, interviewing students for their reactions to the program and to determine their reading interests, and measuring the program's effects on students' reading and language arts achievement. Results of the study can be summarized as follows: the 39 school administrators rated the program as "very good" to "excellent" and agreed that it provided sufficient practice in the basic skills, appealed to the child's interests, and offered sufficient professional help; the reaction of the 280 teachers who participated in the study was positive and they approved of the various techniques employed in the system; students rated the career and art portfolio sections of the textbooks as important and indicated that the reading level was appropriate for them; and pre/posttest analysis of students' reading achievement demonstrated achievement growth in reading and language arts. (MAI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, NY. Product School Research.