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ERIC Number: ED011968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 44
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Reference Count: 0
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MELBOURNE HIGH SCHOOL PILOT STUDY.
BESVINICK, SIDNEY L.; CRITTENDEN, JOHN
TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE GRADUATES OF MELBOURNE HIGH SCHOOL, IN BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, WERE SUFFICIENTLY DIFFERENT FROM GRADUATES OF ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL IN THE SAME DISTRICT TO WARRANT FURTHER RESEARCH, A PILOT STUDY WAS CONDUCTED. MELBOURNE HAS RECEIVED ACCLAIM FOR ITS NONGRADED, CONTINUOUS PROGRESS, INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM AND FOR THE NUMEROUS AWARDS WON BY ITS STUDENTS. THE STUDY SAMPLE WAS FORMED BY SORTING STUDENTS FROM THE GRADUATING CLASSES OF BOTH SCHOOLS INTO CLOSELY MATCHED PAIRS. ALL PAIRS WERE SUBDIVIDED INTO THREE ABILITY GROUPS. DATA FOR APTITUDE AND ACHIEVEMENT MEASURES WERE OBTAINED FROM THE RESULTS OF TWO STATEWIDE TESTING PROGRAMS, ADMINISTERED BY THE SCHOOLS TO NINTH- AND 12TH-GRADE STUDENTS RESPECTIVELY AS REQUIRED BY THE STATE. THE WATSON-GLASER CRITICAL THINKING APPRAISAL, THE MARYLAND SELF-CONCEPT AS A LEARNER SCALE, AND THE BELL SCHOOL INVENTORY WERE ADMINISTERED TO THE SAMPLE BY THE PROJECT STAFF. TEST RESULTS SHOWED (1) IN NO INSTANCE DID THE COMPARISON SCHOOL MATCHED STUDENTS DO BETTER THAN THE MELBOURNE STUDENTS ON SENIOR ACHIEVEMENT TESTS, (2) WHEN COMPARED BY ABILITY GROUPINGS (LOW, AVERAGE, AND HIGH) THERE WAS NO CLEAR SUPPORT FOR SUPERIORITY OF EITHER SCHOOL, AND (3) STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES ON THE CRITICAL THINKING TEST WERE FOUND IN ONLY THE AVERAGE ABILITY GROUP. ALTHOUGH MANY STUDENT DIFFERENCES FAVORED MELBOURNE AT ONLY A LOW LEVEL OF SIGNIFICANCE, THE INVESTIGATORS CONCLUDED THAT FURTHER STUDY WAS WARRANTED. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL.
Identifiers: Florida (Coral Gables); MARYLAND SELF CONCEPT AS A LEARNER SCALE; Melbourne High School FL; School Inventory (Bell); WATSON GLASER CRITICAL THINKING APPRAISAL