ERIC Number: ED371327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
CONSULT-I Reading. South Avondale Elementary School, Cincinnati Project. Final Report.
Newman, Anabel; And Others
A study examined the effectiveness of the second year of implementation of the CONSULT-I program, which uses artificial intelligence with statistical pattern recognition in constructing a diagnosis and recommending treatment of reading difficulties. Five elementary classroom teachers, two ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) teachers, and the school librarian at South Avondale Elementary School in Cincinnati, Ohio, volunteered to participate in the project. Participants were trained in collecting data for a learner profile, implementing the strategies recommended by the CONSULT-I program, and assessing the 39 Afro-American students at the end of the year. Results (consistent with previous projects) indicated that: (1) 84% of the learners had positive changes in affect and 87% had positive changes in attitude; (2) 74% of the students completed the project demonstrating success (although earlier projects had higher success rates); and (3) the revelation that working with a learner's interest can make a great difference in the success of a child was of paramount importance to teachers. Recommendations include: establish a pre-first-grade classroom for high-risk students; use teacher mentors for teachers new to the program; hold regular meetings; and offer specific appraisals and written responses. (Contains nine references and nine tables of data. Appendixes present the taxonomy of learner characteristics, results of three earlier studies, inservice agendas, informal interest inventories, a sample lesson, a list of items provided for teachers, an integrated curriculum guide for primary education, and teacher responses.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State General Assembly, Columbus.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Reading Practicum Center.