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ERIC Number: ED222587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Community-Based Research and Approaches to Social Change: The Case of the Hispanic Health Council.
Schensul, Jean J.; And Others
Generator, v12 n2 p13-36 Win 1981
This article reviews six programs that have applied anthropological concepts, methods, and research to implementing change in American schools, school districts, and communities. The programs are: (1) the West Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Free School, an experimental alternative education program that emphasizes freedom, individualized instruction, and community participation in learning; (2) the Appleton School Project (Chicago, Illinois), which used a systems approach to school change; (3) the Latino Mother-Infant Project (Chicago, Illinois), which incorporated anthropological research findings into a prenatal education program for Mexican Americans; (4) the Puerto Rican Research and Training Project (Hartford, Connecticut), designed to develop ethnographic researchers in the Hispanic community and collect information on education related problems; (5) the Comprehensive School Based Health projects (Hartford, Connecticut), which utilized school-community collaboration to train students for health careers and generate health data; and (6) the Houston (Texas) Independent School District's evaluation and program monitoring activites directed by an educational anthropologist. Characteristics common to the programs include: use of a systems approach for educational change; emphasis on program implementors' ability to scan and evaluate the environment in solving problems; use of research, especially collaborative research; community involvement; consideration of learning theory; and long-term commitment of anthropologists. (Author/MJL)
Frank Besag, School of Education, University of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201 (write for price).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Not available in paper copy due to institution's restrictions.