ERIC Number: ED176051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Applied Anthropology in a Sex Equity Training Program.
Beers, C. David; Scotten, Kathryn
Growing out of experience in the Pacific Institute for Nonsexist Education (PINE), this paper describes how an evaluation approach derived from oral history and anthropology was used to document the lessons learned about the design and operation of a sex equity technical assistance program. A brief overview describes the PINE program which operated in 1977-78 to give training and assistance to small rural school districts in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho in the implementation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal statute prohibiting sex discrimination in educational programs. Half of the paper is written by C. David Beers, who served as PINE's evaluator. He describes the research perspectives and methods by which persons directly responsible for designing, operating, and evaluating the technical assistance program observed and recorded their own learning processes as the project unfolded in the self-reflective manner suggested by Nelson's concept of "full or active participant observation." In the other half of the paper, the project director, Kathryn Scotten, discusses ten of the lessons learned in this manner. Four of the ten follow: (1) the sex desegregation center should model the behaviors it desires school districts to adopt and practice, (2) implementation of sex equity in schools is best achieved through a conceptual approach which places it in an educational context rather than a legal/compliance one, (3) adaptivity--not to goals but to methods to achieve them--is crucial to the success of the change agent, and (4) the measure of success is the ability of local educators to continue the change process when assistance is withdrawn. (JT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nelson (Richard K); Pacific Institute for Nonsexist Education
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (November 1978)