OPEN COURT PUBLISHING COMPANY PROPOSES TO DEVELOP MICROCOMPUTER SOFTWARE FOR THE TRAINING OF COMPREHENSION AND WRITING SKILLS.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,975.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
3129
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Open Court Publishing Company
315 Fifth Street, Peru, IL, 61354
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
ANDRE CARUS
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(815) 223-2520
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
OPEN COURT PUBLISHING COMPANY PROPOSES TO DEVELOP MICROCOMPUTER SOFTWARE FOR THE TRAINING OF COMPREHENSION AND WRITING SKILLS. THIS SOFTWARE WILL HAVE A SOLID FOUNDATION IN BASIC RESEARCH (MUCH OF IT CARRIED OUT BY ITS AUTHORS) AND WILL TEACH UNDERLYING COGNITIVE STRATEGIES RATHER THAN MERELY SURFACE BEHAVIORS. THE INSTRUCTIONAL SEQUENCES FOR TEACHING TWO OF THESE STRATEGIES, RECOGNIZING CUES THAT INDICATE SENTENCE COHERENCE AND SENTENCES THAT ARE MACRORELEVANT, WILL BE DEFINED AND APPROPRIATE MATERIAL WRITTEN FOR INCORPORATION INTO THE SOFTWARE PROGRAM. EACH PROGRAM WILL BE PILOTED USING 10712 STUDENTS. DATA ANALYSIS WILL FOCUS ON TWO ASPECTS: 2.THE EFFECTS OF PRACTICE ON TASK IMPROVEMENT. CAREFUL DESIGN AND TESTING OF THE PROGRAMS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THEY MEET THE NEEDS OF POOR READERS AND LEARNING-DISABLED STUDENTS AS WELL AS IMPROVE THE LITERACY SKILLS OF AVERAGE STUDENTS, THEREBY ADDRESSING THE GROWING NATIONAL DEMAND FOR HIGHER LEVELS OF LITERACY

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