ERIC Number: ED381456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the 1991-92 Bill of Rights in a Multicultural Society Project. OER Report.
Reeves, James, II
This report evaluates the Bill of Rights in a Multicultural Society Project. The project was developed by the Social Studies Unit of the Board of Education's Division of Instruction and Professional Development of the city of New York. The purpose of the project, which consisted of a week long summer institute in August 1991 at Brooklyn Law School, and two follow up workshops held at the end of the following fall and spring semesters, was to increase the participants' (secondary-level teachers and administrators) knowledge of the Bill of Rights, and to develop and disseminate an innovative Bill of Rights curriculum. The 27 participants in the summer institute were taught about the theory and history of the Bill of Rights by historians and legal scholars. They used this knowledge to develop a Bill of Rights curriculum to be used in their individual classrooms. Up to 84 percent of the participants rated the summer institute areas as either very good or excellent, and none of the respondents rated any of the institute areas as poor. No data from the first follow up workshop was collected, but the second follow up workshop received an overwhelmingly positive rating with five of the six aspects being rated "excellent" by 55 percent or more of the participants. The report concludes that the objectives of increasing participants knowledge of the Bill of Rights, the development of a Bill of Rights curriculum, and the dissemination of a curriculum were all achieved. Recommendations include adding a bilingual component, and providing incentives to increase attendance. (DK)
Descriptors: Constitutional History, Curriculum Development, Law Related Education, Multicultural Education, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Teacher Education
Office of Educational Research, New York City Board of Education, 110 Livingston Street, Room 507, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Research.
Identifiers: Bill of Rights; New York City Board of Education