ERIC Number: ED489139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
2004-2005 Pilot Test of Two New Culturally Responsive Curriculum Units
Gilchrist, Christina L.; Hughes, Georgia K.; Holloway, Joseph L.
Appalachia Educational Laboratory at Edvantia (NJ1)
The purpose of this report is to document the pilot testing of two culturally responsive curriculum units (CRCUs) and inform AEL/Edvantia staff about how the units could be improved. Culturally responsive curriculum units are based on five principles of culturally responsive teaching: (1) high expectations; (2) cultural competence; (3) active teaching; (4) student-controlled discourse; and (5) relevant curriculum instructional practices. One fourth-grade and one ninth-grade unit were developed by Lab staff and Minority Fellows (who were hired to assist with unit development) to complement previously developed and piloted curriculum units. Although sample sizes were small, useful lessons learned and general indicators of unit quality were gleaned. Because pilot test data, by design, are not intended for generalization, the results of this study fit its original purpose--to gather information regarding the quality and workability of units within the intended setting of use. This report describes the: (1) culturally responsive curriculum units; (2) methods used in the pilot test; (3) findings; and (4) discussion of lessons learned and recommendations. Appended are: (1) Data Collection Instrument Descriptions; and (2) Informed Consent Procedures.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development, Culturally Relevant Education, Units of Study, Pilot Projects, Educational Quality, Data Collection, Research Methodology
Appalachia Educational Laboratory at Edvantia, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348. Tel: 800-624-9120 (Toll Free); Tel: 304-347-0400; Fax: 304-347-0487; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.edvantia.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.