ERIC Number: ED054996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of a Project for the Analysis, Development, Implementation, and Diffusion of the New Social Studies Curricula.
Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. Center for Educational Field Studies.
In February 1968, the Social Studies Implementation Project began as a cooperative venture involving twenty-three school districts in metropolitan St. Louis. The overall objective of the project was to operate a model which was designed to overcome the problems of curriculum implementation. Operationally, the project had several objectives: 1) to create four field stations; 2) to carry out a three-year four-stage implementation process in each field station: analysis and selection of curricula; strategy and lesson development requiring the utilization of new curriculum; field testing new materials in a field station school; and, diffusion of the materials from the field school to radial schools; 3) to produce a group of teachers who have mastered and accepted this implementation process; 4) to alter patterns of school curriculum decision making by placing project personnel in key role or encouraging adoption; and, 5) disseminate the curricula. They developed a six-phase evaluation of the model akin to a field study including both formative and summative evaluation. The sources of data were: field observer notes, progress reports, data from participants, third-party reports from studies of the project by graduate students, and interviews of participant teachers. Three formal data collection instruments were used: a measure of role strain, semantic differential, and a measure of decision making criteria. The only positive outcomes were: acceptance of the model, the development of curriculum analysis skills, and the dissemination of the materials. (Author/SBE)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. Center for Educational Field Studies.
Identifiers: Curriculum Implementation; Social Studies Implementation Project