ERIC Number: ED348644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-13
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Heartwood Program.
Buttram, Joan L.; And Others
This study examined and assessed teachers' and students' use of and reactions to the Heartwood Program, a multicultural, literature-based curriculum designed to promote elementary students' ethical understanding of courage, loyalty, justice, respect, hope, honesty, and love. The Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Federal Programs (Chapter 1) supported a field test and evaluation of the Heartwood Program in 16 school districts across the state. In 15 of the districts, typically a Chapter 1 pull-out teacher was selected to participate in the field test; in the remaining district, the program was offered to all teachers in an elementary school. Information on teacher training, program materials, classroom use of the program, and program outcomes was collected. Results indicated that: (1) almost all teachers emphasized the importance and need for this type of program in their schools; (2) the program was teacher-friendly; (3) program materials should be reviewed to strengthen the sequencing of stories and activities, the coverage and portrayal of some minority cultures, and the level of difficulty of story lines for primary grade students; and (4) the appropriate placement of the program in a school's instructional program needs additional thought. (A list of interview questions is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Federal Programs.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1; Heartwood Program; Pennsylvania