ERIC Number: ED269918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
National Geographic Gifted Program, 1982-83. Final Evaluation Report.
Walker, Sharon; Thomas, Earl
The report presents evaluation data on a program designed to use National Geographic Society materials (periodicals, filmstrips, maps, etc.) as part of a curriculum on African cultures for gifted students (grades 5-6). Among program goals were to develop pupil skills and knowledge horizontally and vertically; to introduce anthropology, sociology, and archaeology as subjects in the elementary curriculum; and to encourage institutional involvement in the educational process. The program featured regular staff development and field trips (including a visit to Kenya). Evaluation methodology included a review of program documents and materials; analysis of weekly teacher logs; and questionnaire observations. Results indicated that the materials were judged to be of good quality; there was not quantitative evidence that the program had a positive influence on cognitive skills development; and use of consultants, experts, and area resources was built into all of the curriculum units. Recommendations were made for program improvement, including that curriculum unit tests be developed to measure student performance. Appended materials include an outline of the pilot program and sample evaluation forms. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn. Office of Educational Assessment.
Note: Prepared by the Instructional Support Evaluation Unit. Appendix A contains broken type.