ERIC Number: ED402388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
The Talent Development Middle School. Creating a Motivational Climate Conducive to Talent Development in Middle Schools: Implementation and Effects of Student Team Reading.
Mac Iver, Douglas J.; Plank, Stephen B.
Central East Middle School in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), an urban school with about 45% Hispanic enrollment, and the Center for Research on the Education of Children Placed at Risk are working together to implement a Talent Development Middle School model of schooling. Part of this effort includes use of the Student Team Reading (STR) Program, which changes both the instructional processes and curriculum in Reading, English, and Language Arts (RELA) to create a motivational climate that is conducive to learning and personal development. Teachers at Central East Middle School were trained in STR in the summer of 1995 and received curricular materials and technical support throughout the first semester of the 1995-1996 school year. Implementation and outcome data were collected in February 1996 at the school and a matched comparison school from 1,776 students from 72 RELA classrooms, 34 of which were at Central East Middle School. Hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) analyses revealed that STR was used significantly more at Central East Middle School than at the control school. Further HLM analyses suggest that STR implementation helps create classrooms where peer support for achievement is high, where student-teacher relations are positive, and where students are confident both in their ability to learn and in the future utility of what they are learning. An appendix contains "Teacher's Treasure Hunts" activities for the classroom. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures, and 23 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Compensatory Education, Cultural Awareness, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Environment, Hispanic Americans, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Program Implementation, Reading Instruction, Talent Development, Teaching Methods, Teamwork, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I