ERIC Number: ED393886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Galaxy Classroom Project Evaluation, Language Arts, Grades 3-5. Final Report.
Guth, Gloria J. A.; Block, Clifford
The GALAXY Language Arts Demonstration Program is a package of integrated curricular and instructional approaches that features the organization of instruction around themes presented through television broadcasts, children's literature, classroom activities, and the use of interactive technology. During the GALAXY Project demonstration phase for language arts in grades 3 through 5, classrooms in 37 schools were connected by an interactive satellite communications network. Seven successive themes were used, including such issues as fairness, personal privacy, and first impressions. Television broadcasts dramatized the GALAXY themes through a continuing show about the lives of a multicultural group of students. Specifically, GALAXY classrooms utilized a core of six literature books for each of the seven themes, a take-home magazine ("The Second Story"), a periodic response bulletin ("The Max"), a teacher's guide with suggestions on reading and writing strategies, and a wide choice of classroom activities for before, between, and after the two broadcasts for each theme. Measures of student learning were administered in all GALAXY classrooms and in two kinds of comparison classrooms, classrooms which were not using the program in GALAXY schools and others in demographically similar schools where GALAXY was not being implemented. Additionally repeated observations and interviews were carried out in five case study schools throughout the United States. Testing 2,826 students in GALAXY and comparison classrooms showed that GALAXY students outperformed others in reading and vocabulary growth, but GALAXY students did not outperform the others in writing achievement. Eleven appendixes provide technical information about the study, sample performance assessments, scoring guides, and results from a teacher survey. (Contains 8 figures, 37 tables, and 19 additional tables in the appendixes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Childrens Literature, Curriculum Design, Educational Assessment, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Interactive Television, Language Arts, Mathematics Instruction, Multicultural Education, Performance Based Assessment, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Test Construction, Thematic Approach, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.