ERIC Number: ED042674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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External Evaluation of the EPDA Worldmindedness Institute.
Harvey, O. J.; King, Edith W.
The summer phase of the Worldmindedness Institute at the University of Denver from June 23 to August 8, 1969 brought together 34 principals, supervisors, coordinators, and teachers of the elementary school level. The program included study in the social sciences and the arts with the ultimate objective being the incorporation of worldmindedness concepts within the elementary school program. This paper reported on an objective evaluation of the effects of the Institute on the values, beliefs and practices of the participants. Participants were pre- and posttested with a battery of instruments to "measure change in values and attitudes, as well as change in 'beliefs-practices' gap." A control group of graduate students were similarly tested. O. J. Harvey's This I Believe Test measured openness or closedness of belief structure and openness to change. B. B. Brown's Philosophical Beliefs Inventory measured endorsement of Dewey's basic philosophy; his Teacher Practices Inventory measured accord with Dewey's recommended teaching practices. Differences between the results of these two tests provided the belief-practices gap measure. It was found that "the Institute program stimulated participants to question and evaluate their beliefs and values, as well as their educational practices." (DJB)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO.