ERIC Number: ED334438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Basic/Technical Literacy Project. Final Report.
White River Vocational Technical School, Newport, AR.
The Basic/Technical Literacy project at White River Vocational Technical School in Arkansas implemented a comprehensive curriculum to raise students' basic reading and technical literacy levels in their chosen skill area. During the project, master vocabulary lists for each skill area were developed, and self-test worksheets and study guides were constructed from the master lists. After students with reading deficiencies were identified, they were given compensatory instruction with their technical texts. Other adaptive techniques used included highlighting texts to improve skimming and scanning skills, audiotaping texts, and making minor modifications in instructional techniques used in technical theory classes. A guidebook was produced to augment the assimilation of the curriculum into all technical fields, and the project staff worked with local vocational-technical staff to implement the project into each school's curriculum. Statistics gathered from six schools that have initiated most of the project curriculum show increases in the students' reading levels and a better retention rate in their technical classes. Reading levels increased an average of one grade level, with some students exceeding three grade levels. Seventy-eight percent of the students involved in the project stayed in the technical class, and all students in the project improved their grades in the class. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: White River Vocational Technical School, Newport, AR.