A descriptive study : the implementation of the 1994 New Jersey Holocaust/Genocide Mandate in New Jersey public middle schools / by Concetta E. Donvito.
The purpose of this research study was to describe the levels of implementation of the 1994 New Jersey Holocaust/Genocide Mandate in New Jersey public middle schools, and to ascertain the factors most frequently associated with those levels of implementation. The primary data was collected from a survey mailed to 93 principals of New Jersey public middle schools. The questionnaire consisted of five sections organized to collect data on the implementation of the Holocaust/Genocide Mandate using questions derived from Dawidowicz (1992): Where is it taught? Who teaches it? How is it taught? What is taught? Why is it taught?The findings of this study indicated that more than half (58%) of the schools reporting showed an acceptable level of implementation of the Mandate. In each of the areas of Resources, Content, Methods, Rationales, and an overall Total group, the criteria for an acceptable level of implementation were met or exceeded.Teacher preparation, ongoing teacher professional development, the methods, strategies, and assessments used, the resources used, and the rationales given for teaching the Holocaust, indicated a significant relationship with the level of implementation of the Mandate, as did the school input variables of school instructional structures and school setting. Other variables showing a relationship to the implementation of the Mandate were the content/themes addressed, teacher assignment, and the number of teachers involved in Holocaust/Genocide instruction. School location, school size, number of teachers, and grade level distribution did not make a difference in the level of implementation of the Mandate.The 1994 New Jersey Holocaust/Genocide Mandate was cited most frequently as the most important reason for Holocaust/Genocide education. The resource materials and professional development opportunities provided by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education showed a significant relationship to the level of implementation of the Mandate.The results of the study showed the importance of the 1994 New Jersey Holocaust/Genocide Mandate in promoting instruction in Holocaust/Genocide education New Jersey public middle schools. The study also affirmed the success of the work of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education in providing teachers with resources, materials, and professional development opportunities.
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