ERIC Number: ED336487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Infusion of African and African-American History and Culture into the Atlanta Public Schools' Curriculum. Evaluation Report 1988-1990. Report No. 6, Vol. 25.
In April 1988, the Atlanta (Georgia) Public Schools initiated a plan to reconstruct the history curriculum through the infusion of African and African-American historical and cultural content. The model called for the following activities: (1) staff development; (2) curriculum revision and development; (3) acquisition and development of resources; (4) provision of enrichment activities for students; and (5) community education and involvement. In 1989, the program was piloted across grade levels in 17 schools and in selected classrooms in 7 other schools. As of October 1990, 1,318 staff members had completed the 30-hour training course, and 34 teachers had received 90 hours of training to prepare them to assist in program implementation and curriculum writing. Curriculum learning objectives were written and disseminated. At the end of the pilot year, student outcomes were generally positive, with student knowledge at a slightly higher level in pilot schools than that found in non-pilot schools. Students found the infusion content important, motivating, and a source of pride. The majority of teachers found the program important and considered that students responded favorably. Community education was cited as an area for improvement. Revitalization of the advisory committee, completion of training and curriculum delivery, and more comprehensive assessment of student knowledge and attitudes were recommended. Statistical data are presented in 10 tables. Five appendices provide details of the pilot study and the evaluation methodology. (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: African History, Black Culture, Black History, Black Studies, Blacks, Community Education, Cultural Background, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Inservice Teacher Education, Outcomes of Education, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Staff Development, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Atlanta Public Schools, GA. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: African Americans; Atlanta Public Schools GA