ERIC Number: ED384246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-18
Partners in Portraiture: An Account of the Collaborative Work of Projects PRISM and Co-Arts.
Kaiser, Jon E.; And Others
The evolution and implementation of a collaborative effort between an elementary school bilingual science education project (Process in Science Methods, or PRISM) of The Network, Inc., and a study of the educational effectiveness of community arts centers (Project Co-Arts) are described. With PRISM's focus on science and Co-Arts' concentration on the arts, the two projects may seem unlikely collaborators. Nonetheless, they have been successfully linked because of their shared perspectives on two concepts: (1) process-based education and assessment, and (2) the methodology of "portraiture" to develop an authentic interpretive description of programs. Project Co-Arts developed a process-based model for assessing educational effectiveness, focusing on four program dimensions: teaching and learning (pedagogy); journey (history and future vision); community; and administration. Portraiture, a group process methodology for interpretive description of an educational scenario, was used to document the PRISM program. The process and nature of the collaborative effort are detailed. Appended materials include graphic representations of the Co-Arts assessment model and its application to the PRISM program, in both English and Spanish, and two memos concerning the assessment implementation. Contains six references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Art Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Community Centers, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Language Arts, Limited English Speaking, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Science Education, Second Language Instruction, Spanish Speaking
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education (Phoenix, AZ, February 14-18, 1995).