ERIC Number: ED185671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun-18
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation Studies of Two Programs to Improve Instruction in the Humanities.
Kimball, Roland B.
The Humanities Enrichment Program (HEP) and The Master Teacher Program (MT) were sponsored by the National Humanities Faculty to improve and encourage humanities instruction. The 40 schools in the program participated in curriculum development workshops, demonstration lessons, and public information meetings. A consultant also contacted local school administrators in an effort to improve humanities advocacy. Evaluation of this program revealed a positive effect on the personal and professional growth of participating teachers, although its impact on the humanities curriculum or on the effectiveness of humanities instruction is uncertain. The MT program was similar to HEP but placed responsibility on a master teacher who directed the work of a task force of local teachers in each of 50 schools in developing a humanities curriculum. Evaluation of this program revealed an even more positive effect on participating teachers, but fewer teachers were influenced. Master Teachers were only marginally effective at stimulating colleagues and local program changes or curriculum development. Data sources of both evaluations were questionnaires, interviews, observations, case studies, and project documents. Evaluators concluded with the proposal that if touching the lives and actions of a few teachers is well worth doing, these projects had impact. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Humanities Enrichment Program; Master Teacher Program; National Humanities Faculty
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Education (2nd, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 17-20, 1979).