An evaluation of the instructional television (ITV) cluster programming approach developed in Chicago, with emphasis on the usefulness of the program in providing material to the classrooms of ghetto areas. The Chicago public schools have moved toward a practical solution to the problem of improving ghetto schools through a very localized use of ITV systems. As a direct result of ITV, staff members of participating cluster schools of Chicago report a significant improvement in both attitude and achievement of the average pupil. Moreover, teachers who have little or no experience in working with underprivileged children can benefit greatly from the inservice training received when observing techniques of more experienced television instructors. These and other aspects of cluster programming are compared with characteristics of the central production alternative in terms of cost as well as services. Suggestions are made for the urban school of the future. 17 pp. Ref.
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