ERIC Number: ED430072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Challenges of Multicultural Education. The Third Report from the Evaluation of Pittsburgh's Prospect Multicultural Education Center.
Nettles, Saundra Murray; McHugh, Barbara; Gottfredson, Gary D.
This is the third report from the evaluation of the Multicultural Education Program in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), a major effort to address racial and ethnic diversity in a middle school. Section 1 of the report provides background on the multicultural education movement and the aims of the Pittsburgh program. Section 2 describes the status of the program's challenges, presenting information on program implementation based on information from students, staff, and parents who are participants in the demonstration program. The third section describes the levels of implementation achieved and the implications of development to date. Seven program components have been developed to address the challenges of multicultural education: (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. The evaluation found mixed results at the Prospect Center, the school at which the program was implemented, but substantial progress was made at the district level. Multicultural education continues to be a priority for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, but the responsibility for change resides mainly in the individual schools. An appendix contains a policy statement on multicultural education, and student, staff, and parent surveys. (Contains 13 figures and 32 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Demonstration Programs, Intergroup Relations, Middle Schools, Multicultural Education, Occupational Aspiration, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, School Restructuring, Social Integration, Tables (Data), Urban Schools
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.; Center for Research on Effective Schooling for Disadvantaged Students, Baltimore, MD.