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ERIC Number: ED315732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 171
Abstractor: N/A
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An Investigation of the Effects of Newspaper-Based Instruction on Reading Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, and Writing Performance of At-Risk Middle and Secondary School Students. Final Report.
Palmer, Barbara C.; And Others
A study investigated the effects of using daily newspapers to supplement normal classroom instruction with at-risk secondary school students. Subjects, 627 at-risk 8th- through 12th-grade students in 41 intact classes, were assigned to one of three conditions of newspaper usage over an 18-week period. The first group received newspapers three times per week and were given related instruction using a whole language approach. The second group received newspapers three times per week without related instruction. The third group served as the control and received no newspaper supplement to normal classroom instruction. Analyses of pretest and posttest scores indicated: (1) students who received newspapers with instruction improved their reading vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing performance more than students who received newspapers without instruction and students who received no newspapers; (2) secondary school males benefited most from newspaper usage; (3) benefits of newspaper usage increased with time; and (4) 1-day training (which had been given to the teachers of all the students) did not produce uniformly effective classroom use of newspapers among all teachers. (Nine tables of data are included; newspaper and journal articles related to at-risk students, teacher and student questionnaires, and charts of test score data are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A