Testing the Format? Does Group-Centered Prevention Work? A Very Successful Year. The 2015–2016 Group Report
Our original goal when we started in 2009 was to develop a program that would help children who were failing in school learn to read at their age level. Most of the children who we work with have been retained multiple years by the time they arrive at the Reading Orienteering Club. We were seeing the fulfillment of our dream. We were seeing children move up to their age level in reading in just 1 year.
KeywordsGroup-centered prevention Intrinsic motivation Individual learning differences Academic failure Reading failure Teaching method Small groups Group prevention Vowel clustering Teaching vowel sounds At-risk students
Special appreciation to Keri Weed, Ph.D. and Meredith Elzy, Ph.D., University of South Carolina Aiken, for allowing their students to work on the project.
A special thank you to St. John’s United Methodist Church in Aiken for providing community volunteers, financial sponsorship, and allowing us to use classroom space for this project.
Portions of this research were presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association at Denver, Colorado. August 7, 2016.
Elaine Clanton Harpine, Ph.D., was the director of the Camp Sharigan Project for 8 years. She developed the Camp Sharigan and Reading Orienteering Club programs and created the program packets for both programs.
Shana Ingram has a B. A. in Psychology and English from the University of South Carolina Aiken and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University. She has been participating in adolescent research at West Virginia University since completing her master’s degree and plans to continue conducting research and providing clinical services with rural populations.
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