ERIC Number: ED095988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Clarifying Environments Program: A Case Study of a University-"Outreach" Project.
This report describes and evaluates the Clarifying Environments Program (CEP), an innovative attempt by the University of Pittsburgh to improve educational environments in the community through university-community interface. The first part of the paper presents the goals, theory, and history behind CEP. Implementation of CEP learning labs for elementary school children in disadvantaged community areas is explained in terms of the financial assistance, administrative work, and community and institutional cooperation required. Children ranging in age from preschool through third grade attended these labs for a half-hour each day of the week. To make CEP a community program, community leaders were consulted, and several indigenous community residents were trained as paraprofessional lab workers. Both the 1971 and 1972 evaluations of the program were affected by research or administrative problems, and the results are difficult to accurately define. The second part of the report analyzes the development of CEP. Topics discussed include: (1) the institution-building model; (2) general and specific goals; (3) working relationships and problems between CEP, its director and the school board officials, school staff, Model Cities Program, community and black leaders; (4) CEP leadership and internal structure; (5) resources; (6) personnel; and (7) conclusions. (SDH)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Attitudes, Blacks, Community Involvement, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary School Students, Institutional Cooperation, Learning Laboratories, Outreach Programs, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent Attitudes, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Research Problems, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. University Urban Interface Program.