ERIC Number: ED346200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Challenges of Multicultural Education: A Report from the Evaluation of Pittsburgh's Prospect Multicultural Education Center.
Gottfredson, Gary D.; And Others
This report presents an evaluation of the Multicultural Education Demonstration Program in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), an effort to address racial and ethnic diversity in a middle school. The report covers the implementation of the program since its inception in May 1989 through the beginning of the 1991-92 school year. It describes the program's status and the status of six challenges it addresses: (1) respect and understanding for all groups; (2) community confidence in the school; (3) ownership of the multicultural ideal among staff, students, parents, and the community; (4) student psychosocial development; (5) enhanced student career and educational aspirations; and (6) improvement in the academic achievement of all groups. Section I provides background in the multicultural education movement and then presents the aims of the program. Section II describes the current status of the program's six challenges and presents data on implementation of the program and on challenges that the program faces. It includes information from the perspective of students, staff, and parents who are participants in the model program. Section III describes current levels of program implementation and the implications of development to date for meeting the six challenges and for replication of the multicultural program in other schools. Appended are two study questionnaires and a comment form. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Affirmative Action, Demonstration Programs, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Minority Groups, Models, Multicultural Education, Parent Participation, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Racial Bias, School Community Relationship, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Effective Schooling for Disadvantaged Students, Baltimore, MD.