ERIC Number: ED371328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
A Field Study in the Application of CONSULT-I to the Problem of Inconsistency in Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Difficulties. Proffitt Grant Final Report.
Newman, Anabel P.; Metz, Elizabeth
A field study tested the application of the CONSULT-I (R) program, which uses artificial intelligence with statistical pattern recognition in constructing a diagnosis and recommending treatment of reading difficulties. Participants in the field study came from 10 southern and central Indiana school districts, both public and parochial, and one Massachusetts school district. Participants included one high school dean in charge of the tutoring program, five teachers working with middle school learners, and 21 elementary school personnel. A total of 70 learners were taught by the 23 teachers who eventually completed the required data collection. Teachers completed learner profile sheets, carried out the recommendations of the CONSULT-I (R) program, and completed questionnaires at the end of the 5-month implementation period. Results indicated a positive reaction to most of the CONSULT-I (R) program: the focus in individualization and the strategies suggested were judged to be very helpful; and the negative responses showed a need for more written guidance in several aspects of the program. Findings suggest that data based diagnostic and treatment recommendations do work, and that through the use of the program, educators are able to provide an answer to the inconsistency of treatment predications for classroom teachers and reading specialists. Recommendations include: continue trials of the program in graduate and undergraduate classes; offer the program to area schools on a fee basis; and provide more written instructions. (Contains four tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Proffitt Endowment, Bloomington, IN.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Reading Practicum Center.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Massachusetts