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DI outcomes with middle-class second graders

Engelmann, S.; Carnine, D.
Abstract:
In response to the assumption of some educators that the DISTAR programs are only effective with average students, this study examined its effect with middle –class students. 28 middle-class second grade students who were in the top half of their class – as determined by teacher assessment - participated in this study. The students were tested on their academic achievement in reading, math, and science, as well as their attitude towards Direct Instruction. On average, the students performed better than the publishers’ norm score for the Stanford Achievement Test and the Wide-Range Achievement Test. Ten students were admin¬istered the Gates-McGinitie Test of Speed and Accuracy (for fourth through sixth graders) and performed above the publisher’s norm. When surveyed on their attitude towards the curriculum the majority of the students enjoyed the stories, workbook, and materials either some or a lot. (Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
Research areas:
Year:
1982
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
Subtype:
Article
Keywords:
DISTAR; reading; math; language; science; Stanford Achievement Test; Wide Range Achievement Test; Gates-McGinitie Test of Speed and Accuracy
Source:
ADI News
Volume:
1
Number:
2
Pages:
4-5
Design type:
Cohort Control Group with Norm Comparison Design
Fidelity monitored:
Yes
Students included:
Middle-class students, average students, elementary students
Location/Setting:
West: Pacific, Elementary School, Springfield, Oregon
Note:
Reprinted in 1989 in ADI News, 8 (2), 2–5
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