ERIC Number: ED316446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Student-Parent-Community Bicentennial Celebration. Franklin Public Schools Excellence in Education Grant. Final Report.
Implemented in the Franklin (Wisconsin) Public Schools during the 1986-1987 school year, this project was aimed at improving citizenship development in high school students through an intensive study of the U.S. Constitution as it relates to the personal lives of citizens. The project's primary objective was to provide a structured program of parent and community involvement in high school citizenship preparation, focusing on the U.S. Constitution and Government. Secondary objectives addressed instructional quality and emphasized the development of student thinking, decision-making, and interpersonal skills. The project linked the study of the Constitution in 10th grade U.S. history classes to an interdepartmental (English-U.S. history) student project on family history. Evaluation focused on teacher perception of the effectiveness of the project as well as on pre- and post-measures of student attitudes toward and knowledge of the Constitution. Teachers identified several strengths and weaknesses of the project, and gave it a very positive subjective evaluation. Objective evaluation, based on students' pre- and post-tests, showed less definitive improvement in students' knowledge and attitudes. Recommendations for replication of the study are made and emphasize design, implementation and testing strategies, and cost considerations. An appendix includes a pre-test, a post-test, project activities, and an outline of six study units. (Author/AS)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Community Involvement, Community Resources, Constitutional History, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Curriculum Research, Family History, Genealogy, Government (Administrative Body), High School Students, History Instruction, Integrated Curriculum, Parent Participation, Pretests Posttests, Social Studies, United States History
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Franklin School District 5, WI.