ERIC Number: ED212516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Piloting. Phase II, Commonwealth Studies Project.
Boraks, Nancy; Schumacher, Sally
This document reviews the goals and accomplishments of phase two of a three-year project to develop state-studies materials for Virginia schools. It is presented in seven chapters. Chapter I introduces the project idea, reviews the first phase of planning and evaluation design, and explains the project goals for phase two, materials development. Chapter 2 analyzes interagency cooperation in materials development, sequencing of production tasks, planning for pilot testing, and dissemination of results. Chapter 3 documents the impact of state needs and guidelines on curriculum decisions relating to amount of text materials, a skills focus, and instructional strategies. Time and budget constraints were indicated as factors in the curriculum-decision process. Chapter 4 describes the process and results of local pilot testing of fourth-grade materials; chapter 5 analyzes results of state piloting. Chapter 6 documents procedures used to determine the readability of two units. Chapter 7 summarizes project achievements during the 1979-80 production year. Accomplishments included production of student and teacher print materials for two fourth-grade units, local and state piloting, establishment of readability of fourth-grade units, and appointment of a seventh-grade materials writing team. (AV)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Tests, Grade 4, Grade 7, Institutional Cooperation, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Material Development, Pilot Projects, Program Development, Readability, Social Studies, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia