ERIC Number: ED463224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Utah Community Partnership for Character Education. Final Evaluation Report, 1995-1999.
Johns, Jennifer S.
This report describes the implementation and results of the Utah Community Partnership for Character Development, a 4-year grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The project was initiated in January 1996, in 50 schools from 4 school districts in Salt Lake City (Utah) and neighboring communities. The grant included more than 65 schools in 6 school districts, while some grant-sponsored activities included educators from across the state. The evaluation design was a collaborative model where grant participants planned and conducted the evaluations. Each evaluation activity had three primary objectives: (1) to provide valid information to document the implementation of the project; (2) to evaluate the accomplishment of project goals; and (3) to provide comprehensive staff development plans for educators in evaluation and action research. Numerous instruments were developed to collect formative and summative information. The grant provided a framework for implementing character education, but the specifics were left to the discretion of the participating schools. Many Utah schools had already implemented character education activities. Schools were asked how the grant had contributed to their efforts. Their responses indicate that two elements, adequate funding and the teacher involvement framework, were vital to the success of the initiatives. The Utah Community Partnership legitimized the teaching of values and contributed to a community-wide awareness of character education. (Contains 6 tables, 13 references, and a statistical appendix.) (BT)
Descriptors: Action Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, School Community Programs, State Programs, Values
Office of Education, 250 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Tel: 801-538-7500; Fax: 801-538-7521. For full text: http://www.usoe.k12.ut.us/curr/char_ed/CEUCPReport.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Reform Assistance and Dissemination.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers - Location: Utah