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NCJ Number: 168033 Find in a Library
Title: Impact Assessment Study of Citizenship/Law-Related Education on Violent and Antisocial Behavior: Year One Evaluation, Bell Gardens Intermediate School, Executive Summary
Corporate Author: Constitutional Rights Foundation
United States of America

Ctr for Civic Education
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Constitutional Rights Foundation
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Ctr for Civic Education
Calabasas, CA 91302
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: Ctr for Civic Education
5146 Douglass Fir Road
Calabasas, CA 91302
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A citizenship/law-related education program was implemented during the 1995-1996 school year at the Bell Gardens Intermediate School in Montebello, California, to prevent violent and antisocial behavior by upper elementary and middle school students.
Abstract: The program integrated citizenship/law-related instructional materials with the existing social studies curriculum for 5th and 6th grades. Goals were to inform students about issues of authority, justice, community, violence, and the role of law and public institutions in resolving conflict; to increase cognitive and social skills; and to develop more positive attitudes toward law, authority, school, prosocial behavior, and the community. The program was evaluated by comparing student participants with nonparticipants. Evaluation findings showed the program had a positive and significant effect on attitudes toward authority, prosocial behavior, self-control, and attitudes toward the community. All students thought other students in the school should study the citizenship/law-related instructional materials. Recommendations for improving the curriculum are offered.
Main Term(s): Juvenile educational services
Index Term(s): California; Curriculum; Educational courses; Elementary school education; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Law-related education; Public education; Students; Violence prevention
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