ERIC Number: ED224741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Ethical Quest in a Democratic Society. A Program in Moral/Ethical Education, 1975-80. Final Evaluation Report.
Holden, Leonard W.
The objectives of the Tacoma (Washington) Public Schools' 5 year, K-12 values education program were to familiarize teachers with the theories of moral/ethical education, develop or identify appropriate curriculum materials, train teachers to use these materials, and evaluate the program. Participating were 244 language arts, social studies, health, and humanities teachers. Teacher workshops were conducted, published materials were evaluated, and teaching units, games, and guidebooks were developed and used. Program evaluation techniques included pre- and posttests for students, writing samples, video tapes of teaching sessions, classroom observations, and interviews with teachers and principals. Student outcomes appear generally favorable but remain tentative due to the experimental nature of the testing instruments and the lack of uniformity in what teachers were actually doing in the classroom. There is evidence to indicate that values education became a more visible concern in the school and community. Appendices contain samples of student and staff testing, newspaper clippings, budget statements, workshop documents, reprints, and a bibliography. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Tacoma Public Schools, WA. Office of Research and Evaluation.; Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.