ERIC Number: ED214971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
Assessing a Controversial In-Service Program: An Action Research Approach.
Kapel, David E.
A course was prepared by Planned Parenthood on the subject of human sexuality. The school district required an evaluation to determine effects, assess whether the instructional agency should be invited back, and to determine whether experiences should be continued. An action research approach was deemed appropriate. The objectives of the research project were to assess teachers': perceptions of themselves; valuing boys and girls; perceptions of parents' attitudes toward sex education; attitudes toward human sexuality; feelings about the course; and learning. A semantic differential instrument was developed to assess attitudes. Involvement and satisfaction with the course were measured with an adjective check list. The results were shared with Planned Parenthood and the school district. Recommendations included more participant involvement; greater stress on positive teacher attitude formation; greater emphasis on cognitive learning; greater balance of role involvement of boys and girls related to human sexuality and sex education; more understanding of parental attitudes and roles; need for more systematic and formal evaluation; and consideration of design of in-service education programs. Action research approaches need to be developed to meet the constraints that are imposed by a school district or an environment. (DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Planned Parenthood Federation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).