ERIC Number: ED461002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
How Can "Different Ways of Knowing" Impact a Learning Community? Summary of the Rosemead School District 1994-95 Evaluation Report.
Catterall, James S.; Dreyfus, Jeanne P.; DeJarnette, Karen G.
Since 1992, teachers in the Rosemead (California) school district, an urban district east of downtown Los Angeles, have been implementing "Different Ways of Knowing" (DWoK), an integrated interdisciplinary curriculum and teacher development program created by the Galef Institute of Los Angeles. DWoK has been implemented in the Rosemead school district in a partnership between the school district and the Galef Institute funded by the Stuart Foundations. This report is the executive summary of the 1994-95 evaluation report. The professional development activities of the partnerships were studied and the relationships between key partnership activities and key structural, behavioral, and learning outcomes were traced. The evaluation staff made 146 structured classroom observations during the school year. In addition Rosemead students and comparison-group students participated in attitude surveys and social studies content knowledge activities. Evaluation findings show that the partnership is achieving a coherent and sustained program of professional development through the DWoK model. Teaching practices show the effects of using DWoK materials and the effects of collaborative learning focused on thematic, integrated teaching. Students show continued advances in acquiring deep social studies content knowledge and positive achievement motivation that appear to be associated with the instructional environments and activities promoted by the DWoK-Rosemead partnership. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Galef Inst., Santa Monica, CA.