ERIC Number: ED200346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Project BACSTOP Evaluation Report 1973-1974.
Potts, Vernon R.
After two years of operation, Project BACSTOP (Better Acquisition of Cognitive Skills through Outdoor Programming, a series of structured experiences in wilderness settings meant to bring seventh and eighth grade students of different races together in challenging adventure activities intended to promote interaction, communication, and cooperation) was evaluated in terms of its objectives by questionnaires administered to students, teachers, and parents, and by anecdotal records submitted by teachers. Objectives, as stated in the original proposal, were to: (1) reverse racial separatism; (2) reduce racially related black/white incidents; (3) increase teacher/administrator/counselor perception of black/white relationships; and (4) increase student performance on standardized tests. Evidence from all sources indicated that the program was successful. Three of the four objectives were met; the fourth was disqualified due to testing changes at the state level. It was recommended that a research design be developed and approved and an evaluator chosen before the next school year; that curriculum materials reflecting the cognitive and affective dimensions of the program be developed; that an information dissemination package be developed for outdoor adventure educators; that the project be recognized as primarily affective; and that a more detailed record be kept of dissemination activities. Appendixes include sample questionnaires and a summary of responses, a program overview, project activities, and a list of information dissemination activities. (CM)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Affective Behavior, Attitude Change, Blacks, Cognitive Development, Delivery Systems, Evaluation Methods, Grade 7, Grade 8, Interaction Process Analysis, Junior High Schools, Objectives, Outdoor Education, Parent Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Racial Relations, Social Development, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Battle Creek Public Schools, MI.