ERIC Number: ED424565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Phonics Demonstration Project.
Gifford, Myrna; Cochran, Judith; Graham, Glenn; Wiersma, William
The Phonics Demonstration Project was developed through the Ohio Department of Education as a means for introducing systematic, direct phonics instruction in the primary grades. Twenty-one Ohio school districts participated in the program. Initial year evaluation of the project focused on whether systematic, intensive phonics instruction was being integrated in the K-3 curriculum; how useful the phonics program was in developing student literacy growth and independence; whether adequate teacher support was provided for implementing the phonics program; and what student and teacher attitudes were about the phonics program. Findings from a sample of 10 participant schools indicated that systematic, direct phonics instruction was being implemented most consistently in the early primary grades. Instruction in integration and transfer of phonic knowledge across the curriculum was not uniformly delivered throughout participant schools. Preliminary reports indicated that phonics programs which encourage and support integration of phonics with other reading and writing strategies were most successful in promoting reading proficiency and independence. Results also indicated that (1) levels of inservice support differed between programs; (2) additional support was needed for new entrants to the program; (3) most teachers overwhelmingly supported the need for a systematic intensive phonics program; and (4) student attitudes about phonics appeared most positive when teachers creatively applied phonics instruction to promote active student engagement and motivation. Recommendations include: continue support for present programs; augment teacher support in the areas of integration and transfer across the curriculum; continue longitudinal data collection; and analyze data from self-report forms to supplement and extend current analysis of a sample population to an analysis of the entire population of teachers. (Contains a table and 4 figures of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Teacher, Education, Certification, and Professional Development.
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio