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ERIC Number: ED132072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
FAMES Project: Final Report.
Mitsakos, Charles L.
This report presents the conclusions drawn from the examination of the effect of the "Family of Man Evaluation Study" (FAMES) project on third-grade children's views of foreign peoples. The FAMES project was concerned with global mindedness and global education for primary grades. The experimental group was composed of 509 third graders exposed to "Family of Man" for three years, and 233 third graders exposed to other social studies programs comprised the control group. Measurement instruments employed in the study included description of nations, agreement with chauvinistic statements, description of pictures of people, attitude scale, and achievement test. Seven conclusions were drawn in light of the review of literature and the study's rationale: (1) a carefully designed primary grade social studies program with a strong global education dimension can have a significant impact on children's attitudes toward foreign people; (2) the program can have a significant effect on children's understanding of foreign people; (3) well-defined objectives, specific materials, and sequencing achieve better results than an unstructured or poorly defined program; (4) global education does not need to be postponed until ages 9-10; (5) effective techniques can be developed to measure children's views of foreign people; (6) a carefully designed program can simultaneously develop multiple objectives; and (7) additional research is needed, such as conducting foreign use of the materials and a longitudinal study. Appendices contain sample pages from the FAMES materials. (ND)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Grade 3, Humanistic Education, Primary Education, Program Design, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Projects, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Units of Study
FAMES Project, 13 Housatonic Avenue, Chelmsford, Massachusetts 01824 ($1.00 paper cover)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs and International Understanding, Accokeek, MD.
Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA. School of Education.