ERIC Number: ED276068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
The History of a Communications Skills Laboratory in the Middle School of New York State School District.
Giddings, Louise R.
An innovative communication skills laboratory, created in 1971 at the middle school of the Greenburgh School District of New York State, focused on non-verbal communication, as well as the language arts and literature. The laboratory was designed to replace an English program that stigmatized low achievers and separated them from their peers. A workshop involving the laboratory teachers and participants from Teachers College, Columbia, was held during the summer of 1971 to design more specific plans for the laboratory. Participants in the workshop outlined the overall goal of the program: to facilitate students' ability to acquire, interpret, evaluate, and communicate knowledge so that they can use that knowledge to deal sensitively and creatively with their environment. When the program began, all 270 seventh grade students in the school were assigned a class period in the laboratory. Although it has been used in a variety of ways since its inception, the basic concept of the laboratory as a mechanism for flexible and heterogeneous groups of students to develop skill in language and communication remains. (SRT)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Grade 7, Heterogeneous Grouping, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Multimedia Instruction, Nonverbal Communication, Program Development, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Remedial Reading, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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