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ERIC Number: ED199118
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Hammond Humane Education Project (Final Report).
Vockell, Edward L.; Hodal, E. Frank
The paper assesses an effort by the elementary school system of Hammond, Indiana, to develop and implement an educational program to improve children's attitudes toward animal life. Three levels of humane education treatment were introduced. The first level, introduced in seven schools, consisted of an intensive program involving humane education materials and a speaker who presented a planned program to students. The second level, also offered in seven schools, involved a less intensive program in which children were exposed to educational materials but not to speakers. The final level, in which six schools were involved, was characterized by control groups of students who were exposed neither to educational materials nor speakers until after the program assessment was over. The principal evaluative data were the tests administered to students by classroom teachers in the ordinary classroom situation. Test instruments were the Fireman Test and the Good Ideas and Bad Ideas Test. Findings from statistical analysis of test results indicated that there were no appreciable differences on test scores among students in any of the three groups. In other words, the control group did just about as well as either of the groups that participated in humane education programs. The conclusion is that there is no reasonable basis for expectation of improvement in children's attitudes toward animal life as a result of humane education programs. The implication is that humane educators should try other strategies, including, for example, visiting schools to talk with teachers and principals to find out what factors make students in one school score higher on humane knowledge and attitude tests than students in other schools who have been exposed to similar educational programs. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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