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Project Follow Through
Kathleen Joan Marshall
Project Follow Through was a federally funded study comparing the effects of nine major educational approaches to instruction. The first part of the study was begun in 1967 and included some of the major curricula and teaching strategies of the time. Project Follow Through continued as a service project through 1995, but most references to the project are to the initial large study and the discussion of those results. Project Follow Through was tied to President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society educational reform efforts and was used to identify programs that could extend the skills gained by young children after they exited Head Start programs—a project to “follow through” with educational improvement. The results of the Project, however, were controversial because they did not reflect the then-current trends in educational philosophy. Today, educators are looking back at the results of Project Follow Through as they search for an evidence base for ...