ERIC Number: ED161915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of USMES Implementation Projects. Evaluation Report.
Welch, Wayne W.; Ward, William H., Jr.
This study was designed to assess two projects implemented by the Unified Science and Mathematics for Elementary Schools (USMES) program. The program is based on the belief that elementary school students learn mathematics, science, social science, and language arts skills quickly by investigating practical problems taken from the local school and community environment; and, in addition, gain competence in problem solving. The teacher's role is primarily consultive and supportive; full exploration of a problem continues for several months when integrated with other activities. The program utilizes design labs equipped with tools and construction materials for problem solving. Fifty teachers attended a four-day workshop and a course as training for the district-college USMES model implemented in seven target schools in Lansing, Michigan. The program was also implemented as a district-only model in 170 schools in Chicago, Illinois. Information was gathered concerning participant satisfaction, cost analysis, usage rates, and dissemination and usage factors. In addition, on-site visitations and teacher questionnaires were used to determine teachers' perceptions of the USMES program. A sample questionnaire is included. Results indicated the projects were ineffective in dissemination and utilization of USMES curriculum, but this failure was attributed to implementation factors, rather than the program itself. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Unified Science and Mathematics for Elementary Schools, Newton, MA.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ. Minnesota Research and Evaluation Center, Minneapolis.