ERIC Number: ED339531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Child Development Project: Summary of Findings to Date.
Developmental Studies Center, San Ramon, CA.
This report describes the current status of evaluation findings for the Child Development Project (CDP), a project to bring about caring and responsible attitudes in students in kindergarten through grade 6. The program was begun in a suburban San Ramon, California school district in 1982, and has recently been introduced in urban, ethnically diverse Hayward, California. Classroom observations have indicated that teachers in classes using the program make greater use of developmental discipline and cooperative group learning; involve students more in helping activities; and promote prosocial values and interpersonal understanding more than teachers in nonprogram classrooms. Observations have also indicated that students in program classrooms exhibit more prosocial behavior than students in nonprogram classrooms, and that program classrooms are more harmonious than nonprogram classrooms. Interviews and questionnaires have indicated that students in program schools have better-developed conflict resolution skills and stronger democratic values than students in nonprogram schools. An appended description of the CDP explains the project's goal; summarizes the evaluation results; lists the key elements of CDP's classroom, schoolwide, and home-school programs; discusses the resources that are necessary for successful program implementation; and examines the reactions of teachers, administrators, and parents to the program. (BC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Democratic Values, Discipline, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Family School Relationship, Interpersonal Competence, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Prosocial Behavior, Social Development, Teacher Behavior
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: Developmental Studies Center, San Ramon, CA.