ERIC Number: ED094010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jul-22
Project BIG (Black Image Growth). Model Cities Schools, Indianapolis Public Schools. Final Report.
Sciara, Frank J.
Project BIG (Black Image Growth) was designed as an attempt to build self-pride in black fourth grade children through the inclusion of black Indiana history in their curriculum. Commercially available materials could not be used since few of the project children possessed the necessary reading skills. An attempt was made to create a variety of materials so that teachers could try different approaches. These materials include: coloring book on Indiana black history; test of knowledge of Indiana black history; "Black People in Indiana History," an easy-to-read 225-page book; a cassette tape of the book "Freedom Road"; and, curricular units for "Doing History." These units include: self history, family history, school history, community history, and state history. The Piers-Harris Children's Self Concept scale was administered pre and post. Fourth grade students whose teachers remained throughout the life of Project BIG were considered the experimental (or treatment) group. All other fourth grade Indianapolis Model Cities schools youngsters whose teachers were not a part of the forementioned group were considered the control (or nontreatment) group. Children in the experimental group showed a comparative gain of 10 percent over the control group. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indianapolis Public Schools, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana