ERIC Number: ED425850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Educational Benefits in Elementary School through Looping and Friday In-Services. Part 2: Benefits of Looping.
Looping, also called multiyear teaching or replacement, is a nontraditional classroom arrangement in which the students have the same teacher for 2 successive years. Looping involves a partnership of at least two teachers who teach two different grade levels, but in alternate years. Research was conducted on the looping program at the Berino Elementary School for the school year 1995-96. The program, adopted for academic as well as affective reasons, involved eight teachers (classes). The mean test scores on ITBS, SABE, and LAS of the students in the looping classes were compared to with the scores on the same tests of the students in non-looping classes. The comparison revealed that: (1) in general, looping students outperformed non-looping students; (2) of 36 comparisons, 97 percent favored looping programs; (3) on ITBS, looping students performed better than non-looping students in all areas compared; (4) on SABE, looping students scored higher than non-looping students in all but one area; (5) on LAS, looping classes made higher raw and level scores than non-looping classes. (Graphical representations of the study results are included.) (TJQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Seminar of the National Association for Year-Round Education (28th, San Diego, CA, February 8-13, 1997).