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ERIC Number: ED011964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 139
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Reference Count: 0
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A NEW APPROACH TO CURRICULUM EVALUATION.
ORTON, KENNETH D.
THE FEASIBILITY OF USING AN ITEM-ANALYSIS APPROACH FOR THE EVALUATION OF AN INNOVATIVE NINTH-GRADE CURRICULUM WAS EXPLORED. A POOL OF TEST ITEMS WAS DEVELOPED, FOR EACH OF THE THREE UNITS TO BE EVALUATED, BY EXAMINING ENGLISH TEXTBOOKS AND TEACHER'S GUIDES, AND BY WRITING ITEMS THAT REPRESENTED THE MAJOR OUTCOMES EXPECTED OF EACH OF THE UNITS--SATIRE, USES OF LANGUAGE, AND SYNTAX AND RHETORIC OF THE SENTENCE. ALL OF THE ITEMS IN THE POOL WERE ADMINISTERED TO EXPERIMENTAL AND CONTROL GROUPS, AND THE RESULTS COMPARED WITH RESULTS OF A CRITERION TEST (A FEW REPRESENTATIVE ITEMS GIVEN TO A REASONABLY LARGE SAMPLE OF STUDENTS). THE INVESTIGATOR CONCLUDED THAT THE ITEM POOL APPROACH MAY PROVIDE MORE USEFUL INFORMATION FOR THE CURRICULUM BUILDER THAN THE CRITERION TEST APPROACH, AND SUGGESTED FURTHER REFINEMENTS TO MAKE THE POOL APPROACH MORE USEABLE AS A MAJOR MEANS OF CURRICULUM EVALUATION. ORIGINAL PLANS CALLED FOR AN ANALYSIS OF THE POOL TEST ITEMS TO BE MADE IN COMPARISON WITH RESULTS OBTAINED FROM A PUBLISHED ENGLISH TEST. THIS PLAN WAS DROPPED AFTER EVALUATION OF THE AVAILABLE TESTS. FEW TESTS WERE FOUND THAT COULD BE USED TO ASSESS THE OUTCOMES OF THE NEBRASKA ENGLISH PROGRAM. ITEMS SELECTED FOR THE CURRICULUM UNIT TESTS AND THE RESULTS OF THE EVALUATIONS OF THE PUBLISHED TESTS AND OF THE TEST ITEMS IN THE TEXTBOOKS ARE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln.
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