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ERIC Number: ED069801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 42
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Community Awareness Program Evaluation Report: 1971-1972.
Milwaukee Public Schools, WI.
The goal of the Community Awareness Program was to widen the horizons for low-income inner-city Educable Mentally Retarded (EMR) black and white pupils. ESEA Title VI provided pilot funds Cluster III B classes to explore the city on field trips related to school work. Eighteen teachers and 270 pupils (primary through high school) could plan a trip a month, by classroom or by school. The classes visited 72 sites which introduced pupils to services offered for their recreation, health, welfare, transportation, and commerce. Trip destinations included parks, hospitals, the airport, and shops. Each class dined at a restaurant. Follow-up activities in the classroom reinforced the goal-directed and incidental learning. Near the end of the year, teachers submitted general community awareness questions for a simple multiple-choice test. The test was given to pupils in the program, a similar low-income inner-city EMR comparison group, and a white middle-class outer-city EMR group. Those primary and elementary pupils who were in the program groups scored significantly higher than their inner-city peers which meant that the field trips had been of value. Outer-city primary/elementary pupils scored as high as the program group, indicating that something (most likely families of a higher socio-economic level) had supplied them with knowledge of the community. This finding demonstrated that the program was compensatory for primary/elementary EMR pupils. According to test scores, inner-city junior and senior high EMR students did not increase their community awareness as a result of the program. Expansion of the program at the primary-elementary level in the inner-city was recommended. (Author/CK)
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Authoring Institution: Milwaukee Public Schools, WI.