ERIC Number: ED202905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-29
Reference Count: N/A
A Process and Outcome Evaluation of a Magic Circle Primary Prevention Program.
Moskowitz, Joel M.; And Others
In an evaluation study employing a pretest-posttest control group design, 13 elementary schools were paired based on characteristics of their student bodies, faculties, principals, and special programs. One school from each pair was randomly assigned to experimental and control conditions. Third grade teachers in the experimental schools were provided with in-service training in the Magic Circle primary prevention strategy. Process evaluation data included: (1) documentation of in-service training by outside observers; (2) teacher feedback on individual training sessions; (3) questionnaire surveys of teachers at the end of training and the school year; (4) interviews with a sample of teachers and principals; (5) observations of classroom implementation, and (6) weekly reports by teachers about classroom implementation. Process evaluation showed that the teachers mastered most of the skills taught, and they found most of them to be useful in the classroom. Student- and class-level analyses of variance/covariance on outcome data showed that boys in the experimental group had significantly higher social self-esteem at the end of the school year. No effects of Magic Circle were obtained for girls, and the level of exposure to Magic Circle was not related to experimental students' post-test outcomes. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Inst. for Research and Evaluation, Napa, CA.