ERIC Number: ED424577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Beating the Odds: Critical Components Boost Student Performance.
English Update: A Newsletter from The Center on English Learning and Achievement, p1,8 Fall 1998
A number of research projects in the field of English education and literacy are beginning to yield findings about both instruction and achievement in a variety of circumstances. Findings across the projects point to three critical components that make a difference in student performance: connections, conversation, and exploration and analysis. This research is carried out by the Center on English Learning and Achievement in classrooms at all grade levels across the United States. Many of the research projects investigate classrooms where students beat the odds--that is, their learning and achievement are higher than that of students in comparable schools elsewhere, even as they face a variety of problems including high poverty levels and large numbers of children learning English as a second language. Common findings indicate that, in the most successful classrooms being studied, teachers constantly make overt connections between the content and skills being taught and used, and things the students already know or have previously studied. Further, across classrooms of excellence, conversation functions as a way for students to think about and learn concepts and broader substantive issues, as well as to gain ways to develop proficiency in the language rules that mark knowing in the particular subject area. Finally, successful classrooms encourage students not just to engage with a topic, but to explore and analyze it, using inquiry and creativity. In classrooms that beat the odds, students have many such opportunities. (SR)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement, Albany, NY.