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ERIC Number: ED493441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep-14
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Voices Literature and Character Education Program. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Voices Literature and Character Education Program" ("Voices LACE"; formerly known as Voices of Love and Freedom and Literacy and Values) is a K-12 program that aims to promote positive character and citizenship values, literacy skills, and social skills. The program contains a curriculum that can be used over any length of time. During classroom lessons, students read books about such everyday issues as ethnic discrimination, fighting, and bullying, and elaborate on central themes through role-playing and discussions practiced in school and at home. Emphasis is given to promoting caring relationships between teachers and students and among students and to connecting the values taught through students' personal stories. "Voices LACE" may also be implemented as a schoolwide improvement program. Optional components of the program include schoolwide events and restructuring of school organization and practices (establishing student assemblies and creating small learning communities), parental involvement (home visits and family nights), and community support (joint campaigns with supporting organizations and business). One study of "Voices LACE" met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards with reservations. The study, which included 100 sixth- and seventh-grade students from five middle schools in one school district in Cambridge, Massachusetts, examined results on students' knowledge, attitudes, and values. "Voices Literature and Character Education Program" was found to have no discernible effects on middle school students' knowledge, attitudes, and values. Appended are: (1) Study Characteristics: Demetriades-Guyette, 2002 (Quasi-Experimental Design); (2) Outcome Measures in the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Values Domain; (3) Summary of Study Findings Included in the Rating for the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Values Domain; (4) Summary of Detailed Study Findings for the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Values Domain; and (5) Rating for the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Values Domain. (Contains 8 footnotes.) [This publication was produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Demetriades-Guyette, A. (2002). Patterns of change in the social-cognitive development of middle school children following a school-based multicultural literature program. "Dissertation Abstracts International," 63(05B), 2615. (UMI No. 3052695).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
IES Funded: Yes