ERIC Number: ED358538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students: A Study of the CLASS Program. Policy Bulletin No. PB-B19.
Findings of a study that evaluated both the implementation and the public's reception of the first 2 years (1990-92) of Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students (CLASS), a cooperative learning program in 62 Indiana schools, are presented in this policy bulletin. Data were collected from three participating elementary schools through the following methods: classroom observations; teacher interviews; telephone interviews with over four-fifths of the 44 principals and superintendents; a survey of all participating teachers (n=289), which produced a 53 percent response rate; and a survey of 809 parents resulting in a 41 percent response rate. CLASS, a program that combines cooperative learning, social skills development, and thematic instruction, is also an effective teacher-development program. Findings indicate that CLASS also appears to increase students' enthusiasm for schools, foster the development of social skills, and improve higher-order thinking skills. On the negative side, the program is very time consuming for teachers to implement, and some parents are concerned that it slights basic-skills instruction. Parents in some communities have also opposed CLASS on religious grounds, charging that it promotes the New Age movement. Overall, however, CLASS appears to be a promising model for educational reform, providing teachers with long-term training needed to learn new instructional strategies and adapt those strategies to their own schools and classrooms. Seven suggestions are offered for implementing the CLASS model at other schools. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Education Policy Center.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana