ERIC Number: ED185510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Interdisciplinary Approach to Failure Prevention.
Gifford, Ida; Summerell, Sally
A reading project for educationally disadvantaged elementary students in an impoverished rural area in northeastern New York State has been carried out successfully over a six-year period. The project began with the establishment of a resource center with special linguistic and perceptual instructional materials and progressed to a phase that involved grouping of students in classes not exceeding a 20:1 pupil/teacher ratio, training of teachers in remedial techniques, intensive parent involvement, improved communication between parents and teachers, and use of the school psychologist and reading teacher as an interdisciplinary team that functioned as curriculum planners and consultants to teachers. In subsequent phases of the project, individualized programs were developed for children with learning deficits, and parent workshops, diary and newsletter writing projects for children, and parties and game nights for parents and children were established. The project gave special emphasis to the development of effective motivational techniques, to direct instruction procedures for small group teaching, to perceptual training, and to parent involvement. Several evaluations have been conducted during the various phases of the project, and positive results have been noted in students' emotional and intellectual development. (GT)
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Consultation Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Skills, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Perceptual Development, Reading Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Rural Youth, School Psychologists
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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