ERIC Number: ED331593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-6
Reference Count: N/A
The Failure of Basic Skills: Who's at Risk? A National Video Teleconference (April 6, 1989).
Walker, Beverly J., Ed.
A national video teleconference addressed the failure of basic skills and rote instruction to engage students in learning and to promote understanding in ways consistent with the realities of an information-based society. Focusing on instructional strategies that actively engage students in what they are learning and that help them connect learning to the world outside of school, the first three presentations discuss: (1) the development of academic tasks that promote meaningful science learning; (2) instructional strategies that help teachers use problem-solving and communication in mathematics education; and (3) the use of informal writing as a way of helping students understand. Program interventions with a similar orientation toward learning are described in the remaining three presentations. One of the programs concerns using parents to support instruction in an early reading program involving teachers, parents, and community leaders; another, called "Finding Out/Descubrimiento" is a cooperative learning, hands-on approach that promotes higher level thinking about mathematics and science in second language instruction; and the third is the Choice and Challenge Program, which is designed to keep rural students in school. (RH)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Classroom Techniques, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Instruction, Parent Participation, Program Descriptions, Reading Instruction, Science Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Teleconferencing, Thinking Skills, Writing Instruction
Public Broadcasting Service, Elementary Secondary Service, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314 (manual, $3.00; VHS videotape, $295) and North Central Regional Laboratory, 295 Emroy Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126 (manual, $3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Public Broadcasting Service, Washington, DC.; North Central Regional Educational Lab., Elmhurst, IL.