TITLE

Teaching Reading Through Teaching Science: Development and Evaluation of an Experimental Curriculum for Correctional ABE Programs

AUTHOR(S)
Dirkx, John M.; Crawford, Marcedes
PUB. DATE
December 1993
SOURCE
Journal of Correctional Education;Dec1993, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p172
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Research has demonstrated that context specific curriculum for basic education, such as workplace and family literacy programs, is both more effective in producing specific learning outcomes and is intrinsically more meaningful and interesting for adult learners. Rarely, however, have practitioners or researchers attempted to devise and implement context-specific curricular which are relevant and useful to adults in correctional settings. The purpose of this project was to develop and assess an experimental module which utilized the natural world as a context for teaching reading to incarcerated adults with low reading skills. Results show that although participants in the experimental module demonstrated only modest gains in reading skills and behaviors compared to a control group, sharp differences were observed between these two groups in attendance and retention. Experimental participants attended many more days and hours of instruction and exhibited more regular and consistent attendance patterns, suggesting a higher level of motivation and commitment to learning. In addition, experimental participants were enthusiastic and excited about the topics studied and proud of the science projects they conducted. These findings lend preliminary support for the notion of science and the natural world is an effective alternative context for teaching reading in correctional settings.
ACCESSION #
11091957

 

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