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ERIC Number: ED092448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 148
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A Study of "Man: A Course of Study" in the Metropolitan School District, Nashville, Tennessee.
DeBolt, Susan
This study was initiated in order to assess the effectiveness of an innovative social studies curriculum, "Man: A Course of Study" (MACOS). The introduction presents an overview of MACOS, the major hypotheses tested, and the design and function of the observation instrument. Chapter 2 reviews the literature on MACOS, emphasizing the learning theory on which MACOS is based and the relationship of cultural background to scholastic achievement. Chapter 3 discusses observation findings, analyzing classroom lessons, nonverbal activities, and classroom atmosphere. Chapter 4 presents pre-posttest results and the item analysis and analysis of variance performed on the Man and Animals tests and the Netsilik Eskimo tests. Chapter 5 concludes that the major teaching styles and classroom atmosphere did change and that there was a clear movement toward a more student-centered classroom. MACOS did fulfill several of its pedagogical aims, such as development of inquiry skills, use of primary sources, increased communication, and promotion of open-ended discussions. Pre- and posttest results showed a definitive improvement on posttest scores. Students' scores varied significantly according to socioeconomic areas and on attitudes toward basic concepts. Appendixes include the observation form, notes and data, tests and accompanying data, and chi-square test on semantic differential items. (Author/KSM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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