ERIC Number: ED447609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep-1
"Creating STARS": An Educational Intervention Addressing Academic Failure.
Keymer, Carol A.
This paper describes an educational intervention program for academically failing students which focuses on visual perceptual skills and learning strategies. It considers visual perceptual problems as the undetected cause of much academic failure. Basic visual skills necessary for academic success are identified including visual acuity, binocular coordination, accommodation, peripheral awareness, visual fixation, eye hand coordination, visual perception, and visualization. Research on the correlation between visual problems, academic failure, learning disabilities, and juvenile delinquency is briefly reviewed, as is research on developmental aspects of vision and impact on cognitive ability. Several current programs and interventions are briefly reviewed prior to a description of the "Creating STARS" (Students Achieving Reading Success) program. The paper discusses each of the program's five components: (1) teacher and administrator training; (2) student developmental vision assessment; (3) visual stimulation activities; (4) learning strategy installation; and (5) reading and learning remediation. A pilot test with all second, third, and fourth grade students at one Oklahoma City school found that 20 hours of remediation resulted in an average of 1 year's progress and 68 percent increase in reading rate. (Contains 17 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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