ERIC Number: ED115839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Development of Criteria for Evaluating Consumer Education Programs and Curriculum Materials.
Wilson, Marian L.
The history of and case for public school consumer education is made in the document's opening chapters; a literature review reveals emphasis on need and program implementation, with very little emphasis on criteria for program evaluation. Standards and a rating scale developed by the author to evaluate and compare consumer education programs and curriculum guides are presented and subsequently applied to several programs and guides; the criteria are based on the author's personal experience and on recommendations from experts as expressed in the literature. Consumer education programs are evaluated in four areas: implementation, involvement, pupil exposure, and instructional program. Curriculum guides are rated according to their implementation suggestions, rationale and general objectives, content, and resource materials. The standards require meaningful ideas that are broad enough to be used in a variety of situations, as well as specific content and resources. The selected consumer education programs evaluated with reference to the criteria are Lincoln High School, in Yonkers, New York, and the Westborough and Newburyport, Massachusetts, public schools. Only partial use of the instrument was made, as the evaluations were based only on written program descriptions. The curriculum guides evaluated are the New York Department of Education's and the President's Committee Guidelines. (Author/AJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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