ERIC Number: ED358201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Challenges of Multicultural Education. The Second Report from the Evaluation of Pittsburgh's Prospect Multicultural Education Center.
McHugh, Barbara; And Others
This report describes a study from May 1989 through 1991-92 of the implementation and status of the Multicultural Education Program being developed in the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) public schools. It also includes the perspectives of participating students, staff, and parents. The multicultural education demonstration in the Prospect Center represents Pittsburgh's attempt to show that schools can be restructured to bring about genuine integration. This middle-school demonstration is undertaken in the face of a history that has left neighborhoods segregated by race, ethnicity, and geography, and a record of troubled intergroup relations in the demonstration school. The following seven program components are being developed through the District Office of Multicultural Education and the Prospect Center to address six challenges of multicultural education regarding respect and understanding, community confidence, program ownership, student psychosocial development, and career and education aspirations: (1) conflict resolution; (2) cultural awareness; (3) learning and teaching styles; (4) cooperative learning; (5) multicultural curriculum; (6) parent and community involvement; and (7) elimination of tracking. Despite progress in putting program elements in place, many such elements have scarcely been initiated. Staff turnover is an impediment to implementation. An appendix contains four questionnaires used in the study. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Demonstration Programs, Intergroup Relations, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Multicultural Education, Occupational Aspiration, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, School Restructuring, Social Integration, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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.