ERIC Number: ED115661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Minneapolis Human Relations Program: An Evaluation 1972-1973. No. C-72-3.
Nesset, Bonna; And Others
The first phase of the Minneapolis Public Schools' Desegregation/integration Plan involved a human relations oriented staff development program which focused on improving communication skills. The goal of the Human Relations Program for 1972-73 was to change the climate in the schools in preparation for desegregation and integration. The object of teaching communication skills was to overcome any communication barriers caused by isolation and to have the staffs serve as models for communicating and interacting. Anonymous questionnaires seeking participant reactions to the program were administered in every school and special site in the district in April 1973. Most of the respondents were nonadministrative certificated staff-teachers, social workers, counselors, and librarians. Respondents also included teacher aides, clerical staff, administrators, and custodial staff. Most said they found the program useful, improved their communication skills, and thought the program had improved interpersonal relations. While most of the participants thought the program was possibly, though not directly related to desegregation/integration, fewer thought it had made the climate more conducive to desegregation/integration, and fewer still thought it would actually help implement the desegregation/integration plan. Opinions concerning the overall value of the program were about evenly divided between those who said it was worthwhile and those who said it wasn't. (Author/DEP)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Human Relations Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Integration Readiness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Racial Integration, School Desegregation, School Personnel, School Surveys, Staff Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Minneapolis)