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Qualitative Research "by the numbers."
|Posted By: Dick Schutz on August 8, 2006|
|The operative sentence is “the Waterford program had no added benefit for students in treatment classrooms.” That finding could have been reached by an analysis of the Waterford product/protocol and confirmed by a much smaller and shorter-tem study than was involved here. Although the investigators made recommendations to the District after the first year, there was no follow-up in subsequent years as to the extent to which the recommendations were implemented or the benefits/lack thereof for students. Nor was there any follow-up that showed any benefit from the recommendations based on the finding that “the quality of pedagogy and Open Court implementation in both treatment and comparison classrooms was low.”|
Meanwhile, no changes have been made in other the Waterford or the Open Court product/protocols. Both continue to claim that they are “research-based.” Wonder why there’s a “reading problem?”