ERIC Number: ED045460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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One Nation, Indivisible? A Summary of Evaluation Findings.
Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.
In 1968 a television-based course of study on racial conflict was used in hundreds of schools nationwide. Five 30-minute films were shown to students in grades 7-12. Other materials were teacher and student manuals, and three teacher training films. the latter showing other teachers going through the film-discussion program in real situations. 4,400 students (18% black) in 200 classrooms in cities and towns in eight states were pre- and post-tested. More data was obtained by 300 student and 20 teacher interviews, 49 classroom observations, and 83 teacher questionnaire evaluations of the course. The program was evaluated in terms of five general goals: 1) increased awareness of the racial problem; 2) increased awareness of the student's own feelings; 3) increased willingness on both sides to consider the feelings and attitudes of the other race; 4) less rationalization of race prejudice; and, 5) more dialogue about the racial problem; making it a legitimate topic for classroom study. The statistical analyses are reported in narrative form. Many implications of this program and others using films to stimulate discussion of controversial issues are discussed. (Author/DJB)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Attitude Measures, Classroom Observation Techniques, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Cross Sectional Studies, Democratic Values, Factor Analysis, Human Relations, Inservice Education, Instructional Films, Interviews, Program Evaluation, Racial Attitudes, Racial Discrimination, Racial Relations, Social Bias, Teacher Response, Television Curriculum, Units of Study
Social Studies Curriculum Program, Education Development Center, 15 Mifflin Place, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 ($1.00)
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Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.