ERIC Number: ED262143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth, 1984-85. Evaluation Section Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
In 1984-85, the Mobil Corporation provided the New York City Board of Education with a grant for developing an instructional project related to the Public Broadcasting System series, "The Living Planet." This series explored the concepts of the balance of nature and the adaptations of various life forms to our changing planet. The Living Planet Program's budget was to cover the cost of instructional guides, four staff development sessions, and program evaluation. Its objectives included the following: (1) training teachers to integrate the series into their classroom curriculums; (2) providing instructional guides; (3) integrating home viewing of the series with classroom instruction in order to extend junior high and high school students' learning environments; (4) encouraging family participation in order to enhance students' learning experiences outside the classroom; and (5) regenerating junior high and high school students' interest in the scientific community. Participants in the staff development activities indicated that teacher guides and guest lecturers provided the most beneficial aspects of the training. In a post-program survey, junior high school teachers reported greater success with the program than high school teachers. They tended to use more classroom activities relating to the "Living Planet" and reported higher student viewer response rates. Implementation of the program in five other cities was found to be similar to that in New York. For further enhancement of the program, it is recommended that videotapes be obtained from the producers for viewing during class hours, and that the program should include student-parent orientation sessions to stimulate family participation. (Author/KH)
Descriptors: Biology, Curriculum Development, Ecology, Educational Television, Instructional Materials, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Public Television, Science Instruction, Secondary Education, Staff Development
Office of Educational Assessment, New York City Board of Education, 110 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
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