ERIC Number: ED051220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
An Evaluation of Project APEX: A Nongraded Phase-Elective English Program.
Hillocks, George , Jr.
Project Apex, an expeimental elective English curriculum at Trenton (Michigan) High School, is evaluated. The evaluation compares the Trenton program with those of two control schools of fairly similar size and located in communities of approximately the same social and economic backgrounds. The evaluation procedure consists of various achievement tests, and extensive attitude questionnaire, student interviews, and a method of classroom observation with which the kind and degree of student participation in the classes are measured. Results of the evaluation show that: (1) the Trenton faculty is more experienced and shows greater involvement in professional activities; (2) the Trenton program is elective, whereas the programs of the controls are essentially standard and required; (3) the Trenton curriculum document is more extensively developed than are those of the controls; (4) the Trenton students respond to materials and problems on their own initiative more frequently than do the students in the control schools, and they also respond to each other more often; (5) there are no great differences in achievement among the schools on standardized tests, but it appears that the Trenton students learned many things that are not measurable by traditional achievement tests; their attitudes were considerabley more positive than those of the control students. (DB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, Elective Courses, English Curriculum, Experimental Curriculum, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Student Teacher Relationship
Project Apex, Trenton High School, 2601 Charlton Road, Trenton, Michigan 48183 ($2.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Trenton Public Schools, MI.