ERIC Number: ED242759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Holistic Approach to Improving Thinking.
Hartman-Haas, Hope J.
The program evaluated in this paper has a three-pronged design which includes two holistic strategies, Integrated Skill Development (ISD) and Thinking Across the Curriculum (TAC), in addition to the Supplemental Curriculum (SC). A pretest-posttest control group design with matching was employed. The program was conducted at the Cleveland School (Newark, New Jersey) as part of that school's experimental school plan, and was targeted for grades 5, and 7. During the 7 months of program implementation, all three teachers attained some proficiency in conducting ISD lessons and demonstrated some success in implementing at least one TAC strategy, but only a small portion of the Supplemental Curriculum was implemented. Outcome data indicated the program was more successful with seventh graders than fifth graders. In addition, there was a significant impact on language, math, and thinking skills, but not reading. While the questionable validity of the "School Attitude Measure" prevented an analysis of the program's effect on students' affective development, interview results suggest that the program may have improved students' academic self-concepts. (BW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Affective Objectives, Cognitive Objectives, Cognitive Processes, Critical Thinking, Grade 5, Grade 7, Holistic Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Logical Thinking, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Self Concept
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Integrated Skill Development; Supplemental Curriculum; Thinking Across the Curriculum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).