ERIC Number: ED024166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Simulation Materials for Research and Training in Administration of Special Education. Final Report.
Sage, Daniel D.
Materials utilizing a simulated environment approach were developed, produced, pilot tested, and evaluated to determine their usefulness as media for training programs and for behavioral research in the process of administration of special education. Background and task materials took the form of both written and audiovisual media, featuring a communications in-basket, telephone calls, filmed observations, and role-played conferences. Instruments for evaluating the materials consisted of a test used before and after treatment to assess behavioral change, a category scoring system to assess performance during the training sessions, and a participant opinionnaire. Two experimental groups (10 in one and 21 in the other) and two control groups (10 each) were involved. The following results were noted: performance scoring was reliable (interrater correlation coefficients were .81 to .98); differences between pre- and post-treatment were significant for experimental groups (p<.05) and were not significant for the control group; a lack of correlation between test and performance variables cast doubt on the validity of the test scales; and the materials were perceived by participants as an extremely valuable vehicle for training. The materials developed are appended. (Author/SN)
Descriptors: Administration, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Evaluation, Administrator Role, Administrators, Audiovisual Instruction, Behavior Change, Exceptional Child Research, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Professional Education, Public Administration Education, Questionnaires, Role Playing, Simulated Environment, Simulation, Test Reliability, Test Results, Test Validity
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY.