ERIC Number: ED348683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
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Improving Language Arts Skills at the Elementary School Level.
Finkelstein, Karen S.
The practicum described in this report was designed to make a significant difference in increasing students' language expression by assisting teachers with the appropriate techniques to incorporate effectively the writing process in an integrated language arts curriculum. The target group consisted of 150 fourth-grade students and the 5 fourth-grade teachers. The implementation period lasted 12 weeks and involved the use of critical thinking skills, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and graphic organizers. Teachers participated in seven 2-hour training sessions designed to assist them in incorporating the writing process into the integrated language arts curriculum. The success of the practicum was based upon the target teachers' required training assignments, performance on the cognitive language arts composition posttest, and the target students' growth in language expression as measured on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills and a holistic scoring writing prompt. Results indicated that: (1) the wide variance between language mechanics and language expression scores was narrowed to a one percentile discrepancy; (2) 52% of the students met the criteria for successful language expression; and (3) all of the target teachers increased their knowledge of the writing process and demonstrated effective strategies for writing instruction. (Sixteen references, the teacher survey, two expository writing prompts, the holistic scoring guide, the teacher pre- and posttest, and the agenda for the teacher training sessions are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Florida