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Evaluation of DISTAR programs in learning assistance classes of Vancouver, 1971-72

Moodie, A. G.; Hoen, R.
This study examined the effect of the DISTAR program on the academic achievement of students in learning assistance classrooms at five Vancouver, B. C. schools. A control group was included for the evaluation of the DISTAR Arithmetic program, but not for DISTAR Reading or Language programs. The Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT) was administered to all DISTAR students for pre- and posttest measures. Results from the MAT indicated that students in the DISTAR program made notable gains in word knowledge, word discrimination, reading, and arithmetic. There were no significant differences between the arithmetic achievement of students in the DISTAR and control groups. Additionally, DISTAR teachers reported favorable opinions of the program and students appeared to enjoy the program according to classroom observations by the authors. (Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
Research areas:
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
DISTAR; reading; language; math; Metropolitan Achievement Test
Vancouver, BC, Canada: Department of Planning and Evaluation, Board of Schools Trustees (Research Report 71-18)
Design type:
Pretest-posttest control group design, pretest-posttest gain scores
Fidelity monitored:
Students included:
Elementary students, special education students
Vancouver B. C., elementary school

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