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ERIC Number: EJ904040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1088-484X
Project Giant Step: Ocean Hill-Brownsville and the New York City School Strike
Commons, Micheal Lamport; Goodman, Stephen Allen
Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration, v24 p38-42 2008
This historical account is told as a narrative from the authors' perspectives of Project Giant Step, which might be one of the most successful teaching-of-reading projects in history. There are a few purposes in telling this story. First, it is in times of chaos that real innovation can be made. It is then that people take chances and it is not business as usual. Second, the authors stood at the cusp of social change in the United States. Blacks were beginning to take control of heavily black communities. Third, research, no matter how academic, sometimes has unintended results. Last, the authors were the first to combine individualization, Precision Teaching, and group reinforcement contingencies, and this was done in a public school system. Last, it shows how school systems tend to hate and destroy effective innovation. Project Giant Step's spectacular results were overshadowed by the unintended ones because the project was the immediate trigger of events that led to the disastrous New York City School Strike. At the end of the project, the report of it was sent to the Ford Foundation. The authors do not know what happened to the data. This report will therefore not report the data other than the overall outcome.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York; United States