ERIC Number: ED240145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation Report for the Heartsmart Adventures.
Coan, Donald L.; And Others
Field tests on an interpersonal skills instructional program, the Heartsmart Adventures, were conducted for the formative and summative evaluation in 14 classrooms in 7 schools of 394 students in grade 4 classes. The results indicate that the Heartsmart program is likely to provide an appealing, educationally relevant and worthwhile experience to fourth grade children regardless of ethnic/racial or socio-economic backgrounds; the program as a whole can be easily administered by the teacher, although certain specific activities require special group process skills to achieve maximum results; and the program will teach fourth grade students to be more proficient in identifying feelings and inferring feelings from the behavior of others, identifying ways in which people behave when they have certain feelings, determining feelings in others by asking, expressing needs and desires and taking appropriate actions to accomplish them, and expressing feelings. Current weaknesses of the program were found to be related to sex and racial/ethnic bias in the program materials, and to the lack of sufficient and clearly presented direction to teachers about the program goals and teaching methods. Extensive revisions of the program materials and teacher's manual were documented in the report to suggest how these two major weaknesses of the program were remedied. (PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.