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    The Worth of the Follow Through Experience

    Walter L. Hodges
    A rather common belief these days is that compensatory-education programs have produced few, if any, positive effects. In this view the evaluation of Follow Through is seen as merely the most recent confirmation of this belief. The results are thought to be meager, the only major finding being that different models of education work differently in different communities (House, Glass, McLean, & Walker, 1978). Other analysts of the Follow Through evaluation (Kennedy in press; Stallings, 1975; Stebbins, St. Pierre, Anderson, Proper, & Cerva, 1977) argue that the data Support only highly structured educational approaches as effective in teaching basic academic skills, and infer that models that do not focus on these skills appear to be ineffective as judged by the criteria used in the national evaluation. Presumably on the basic of conclusions like these the secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare is reported to have told the President of the United States that the results "are not positive enough to justify continued preferential treatment" (Report on Preschool Education, 1978, p. 2).

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    Summer 1978 Issue


    Perspectives on the Follow Through Evalution
    No Simple Answer
    Critique of the Follow Through Evaluation
    Ernest R. House, Gene V Glass, Leslie D. McLean, Decker F. Walker
    Pardon Us, But What Was the Question Again?
    A Response to the Critique of the Follow Through Evaluation
    Richard B. Anderson, Robert G. St. Pierre, Elizabeth C. Proper, Linda B. Stebbins
    Follow Through Redux
    A Response to the Critique by House, Glass, McLean, and Walker
    Carl E. Wisler, Gerald P. Burns, Jr., David Iwamoto
    The Worth of the Follow Through Experience
    Walter L. Hodges
    Understanding the Equity Consequences of School-Finance Reform
    Lee S. Friedman, Michael Wiseman
    Individualism, Collectivism, and Radical Educational Reform
    Elizabeth Cagan
    Essay Reviews
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