ERIC Number: ED367564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
K-12 Social Science. Program Evaluation. Agenda 93-225.
Brown, Carol S.
This document is an evaluation of the social science program in the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools. The program is a traditional instructional program that grows conceptually with the student and is designed to meet the needs of students and society. The elementary program meets state guidelines and is the expanding horizon program researched and recommended by the National Council of Social Studies. The program begins with a study of self in kindergarten and progresses to a study of family, neighborhoods, communities, regions, and United States history. The secondary curriculum also meets state and national guidelines. This program includes local, state, and national government, world and United States history, economics, and African American studies. The program provides a balance between American and world studies, history and current issues, and emphasizes a multicultural and nonsexist approach. The program is strenghtened by a variety of interesting and challenging experiential programs. Input evaluation discussed funding and expenditures for teacher training, salaries, and classroom materials. Des Moines social science teachers included 570 elementary school, 40 middle school, and 59 high school teachers. Process evaluation shows that annual goals for the previous year were achieved. Needs identified in the social science area included time allotment at the elementary level, selection of the most effective delivery systems at all grade levels, teacher time and support for continuous effective inservice and staff development, equipment and training for use of advanced technology, and teaching strategies. (DK)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Evaluation, Social Studies
Des Moines Independent Community School District, Division of Teaching and Learning, 1800 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA.