ERIC Number: ED357334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehensive Instructional Management System--Communication Arts: Whole Language Network 1991-92. OREA Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Div. of Strategic Planning/Research and Development.
During school year 1991-92, the Whole Language Network (WLN) expanded to include 90 teachers in grades kindergarten through six in three school districts participating in the New York City Board of Education's Comprehensive Instructional Management System-Communication Arts project. The Network assisted teachers in using the whole language approach to language arts instruction and sought to empower teachers to assume a more active role in curriculum decision-making. Evaluation of the WLN during the 1991-92 school year focused on teachers' perceptions and assessment of the Network, the support provided to participants, changes in teaching and assessment practices, and the effects of such changes on students' attitudes and achievement. In response to the evaluation: (1) large majorities of teachers reported that the WLN was valuable in helping them implement whole language instructional strategies; (2) almost all respondents reported that the instructional materials, support, and meetings and conferences proved valuable; (3) many teachers reported changes in their approach to teaching; (4) teachers reported trying a variety of "authentic" assessment techniques; and (5) teachers and staff developers reported that support provided by school administrators ranged from extremely supportive to lukewarm. Generally, differences in students' pre- and posttest scores in writing and reading were too small to be educationally meaningful. It was recommended that: greater effort should be directed toward helping teachers incorporate alternative assessment techniques into their classroom; more teachers from the same school should be selected; and school supervisors' understanding and support for the program should be increased. (Ten tables of data are included; rating scales for the writing samples are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Div. of Strategic Planning/Research and Development.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)