ERIC Number: ED186172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-15
Reference Count: 0
"Learning City" Summer Migrant Program.
Presson, Johnny E.; Baker, Wilbur L.
"Learning City" is the theme of a summer education project that provides a unique teaching atmosphere for migrant children. For 2 summers, 130 students have participated in this program that sustains and enforces reading and math skills, as well as helps develop self-concept. Industries in Learning City are the various branches of study: reading and creative writing, mathematics, science, music, art, and physical education. Teaching of reading correlates with each area. To encourage study and to develop a serious attitude toward learning, each industry pays the worker (student) skill notes on a piece-work basis. These notes in turn may be deposited in the Migrant Savings and No Loan Bank or may be spent immediately on candy, books, toys, etc. at the Mall Gift Shop. Learning City has its own radio station, newspaper, cinema, and book exchange. Students reading 10 books may choose 3 books to keep as their own. The mayoress is the coordinator of City activities; the sheriff's job changes from day to day as it is awarded to different eligible citizens. Test scores of 42 program participants were compared with those of 42 students of similar backgrounds who did not have the summer experience. Learning City citizens had an average gain of 5.2 months compared to 3.1 months in reading and a math gain of 7.0 months compared to 3.7 months for the non-participants. Thirteen students (31%) achieved gains of 1 year or more in reading, math, or both compared to only 4 (11%) of the non-participants. (DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the AASA Annual Convention (112th, Anaheim, CA, February 15-18, 1980).