ERIC Number: ED491958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Effectiveness of the Balanced Literacy Project for Supporting Struggling Middle School Readers
McCall, Monica L.
The purpose of this research report was to analyze the effectiveness and attitudes of students in grades six through eight who are enrolled in a balanced literacy program. There were 188 students enrolled in the program ranging in ages from 11 to 17. Twenty percent of the students in the program have been retained at least once. The program included 53% Black students, 23% Hispanic students and 23% White students. A total of 156 students were surveyed as well as 100% of the balanced literacy teachers. Of the nine teachers surveyed, five were white and four were black. The years of experience for the teachers range from 2 to 9. Sixty-seven percent of the teachers have been trained in teaching reading in the content area. Results indicate that after being enrolled in the balance literacy program for one academic year, the teachers' and students' survey responses relate to three areas: the quality of instruction and curriculum, academic success, and perspective of school and students. Students felt successful in the balanced literacy program while teachers believed teaching in the program was not the most beneficial method for the student. Educators need to utilize different methods for different students; however, the inconsistency in attitudes exhibited by the students and teachers indicate that there further investigation is needed in this area. (Contains 3 tables).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A