ERIC Number: ED365939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Comprehensive Instructional Management System--Communication Arts: Whole Language Network 1992-93. OREA Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
A study investigated teachers' and staff developers' perceptions and assessment of the Whole Language Network (which assists teachers in using the whole language approach), the support provided to participants, changes in teaching and assessment practices, and the effects of such changes on student attitudes and achievement. A total of 164 teachers in 5 Community School Districts in the New York City school system participated in the Network during 1992-93. Results indicated that: (1) almost all teachers reported that the Network was valuable in helping them implement whole language teaching strategies; (2) a large majority of participants found the exploration of alternative assessment trends useful; (3) the few respondents who participated in the Shakespeare component considered the experience to be valuable for their students; (4) nearly all teachers found the monthly meetings and in-school assistance provided by staff developers valuable in helping them apply whole language concepts in their classrooms; (5) nearly all participants described positive changes in their teaching that they attributed to their participation in the Network; (6) a majority of teachers noted positive changes in students' attitudes toward learning; and (7) mean differences in scores of Network and non-Network students were too small to be considered educationally meaningful. Findings suggest that project staff should: continue to educate teachers about whole language techniques; endeavor to expand the Network; secure the interest and active participation of principals; explore ways of obtaining books and other materials; and explore ways to provide teachers more time to meet together. (Six tables of data are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.