ERIC Number: ED414393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Project Discovery II. FIPSE Project.
Ciaccio, Leonard A.; Sanders, James W.
Project Discovery II was based on a previous highly successful Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) project called Project Discovery. Teams of high school teachers and college faculty in the project planned and implemented an integrated, discovery based curriculum with groups of block-programmed students in New York City public high schools to keep them on line in academic programs so that they could enter college without need for remediation. The first project targeted average students; the present project worked exclusively with below-average students, focusing on 4 classes of 30 to 35 students each. The program achieved moderate success in significantly improving attendance rates and, by the third year, grades. Deterrents to greater success included various school practices such as assignment of teachers and class scheduling without regard to the welfare of below-average students, but the major obstacle was the lack of basic skills among these students. The project was a major success in raising the morale of participating teachers. An evaluation of the project and interviews with participating teachers by David M. Podell are attached. (Contains five tables and four figures.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Staten Island. Coll. of Staten Island.