ERIC Number: ED378264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Multicultural Education Program 1989-90 Final Report. OREA Report.
Clark, Andrew E.; Grossman, Aline
This report documents the multicultural education programs funded by the New York City Board of Education in 1989-90, the second year of the program. Although a formal evaluation was not conducted, program implementation was documented through interviews and surveys of district staff. An overall summary and descriptions of program components are given for 21 districts or high school superintendencies. Programs were required to achieve at least 1 out of 10 defined goals, in each of the following categories: (1) self-respect and ethnic pride; (2) respect for cultural diversity; (3) interpersonal skills and awareness of the negative consequences of bias; and (4) historical awareness of discrimination. Some activities were continuations of activities previously started, but many were new initiatives. Only a few programs met the stipulation that they meet the needs of special students, and only approximately half had activities that directly involved parents. Few districts made explicit efforts to infuse the concept of multicultural education into the whole instructional process, and many efforts were hindered by funding difficulties. These factors contributed to the lack of equivalence among programs. Recommendations for program continuation stress the need for fewer and better-defined goals with better evaluation. (SLD)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Interpersonal Relationship, Multicultural Education, Parent Participation, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Districts, Self Concept, Social Bias, Social Discrimination, Urban Schools
Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment, New York City Public Schools, 110 Livingston Street, Room 732, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.