ERIC Number: ED125981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: 0
A Curriculum Evaluation of Black Studies in Relation to Student Knowledge of Afro-American History and Culture.
Newton, James E.
The author reports on the design and use of an assessment measure to determine the effect of black studies programs on student knowledge of Afro-Americans and their contributions to the American cultural and social system. A review of the literature shows that educators agree on the rationale and general objective of black studies, but that methods of implementation are controversial and that little data is available on student knowledge of black culture and attitudes toward black studies. A two-part cognitive evaluation instrument, The Afro-American Knowledge Inventory (AAKI), was designed and administered to two racially mixed groups of undergraduates, one in black studies and one in a traditional curriculum. Two attitude measures were also given. In terms of mean scores on the AAKI, it was found that black studies students score higher than students in the traditional curriculum. On the attitude measures, black studies students appear to have more positive attitudes toward studies of black Americans. The author encourages continued assessment of black studies programs in view of the possibility that attitudes toward black Americans may be modified through exposure to the black studies curriculum. (AV)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Black Studies, Cultural Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Research, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology
R and E Research Associates, 4843 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94112 ($9.00 paper cover)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A