ERIC Number: ED310291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-31
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Report on the Massachusetts Field Test of the Applied Communication Curriculum.
Roper, John J.
This study was conducted to field test the Applied Communications curriculum, a curriculum intended for both vocational and comprehensive school students in the mid-50 percent of the school by class standing. The field test sought to determine if teachers found the materials effective in teaching communications skills to such a population, how students reacted to this instruction, and if there were a most effective grade level or instructional strategy for such a course. Students at four schools were taught a course for 1 year using the Applied Communications instructional system. Both teachers and students were surveyed during the year. The teachers found the materials to be effective in teaching communication skills to their students. They suggested that future teachers need to augment the materials significantly in some areas in order to call the program "English," but that access to such materials was a big advantage. Their group reaction was that the best instructional setting might be in grade 9 or l0 for many of the units and that, in some cases, a good place to begin teaching might be the module entitled "Working in Groups." Sixty percent of the students answered that they felt that instruction in communications belongs as a part of their English course and 55.3 percent said that they would recommend such a course to their friends. Boys liked the course more than the girls. (Three appendices are attached: a list of the names of field test schools, the evaluation instruments, and a copy of the student responses. A three-item bibliography is also included.) (NLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Massachusetts Univ., Boston.
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