ERIC Number: ED045693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Evaluative Uses of Unconventional Measurement Techniques in an Educational System.
Jung, Steven M.
The present paper reports on results generated by an unconventional application of the testing paradigm. This application was made necessary by the nature of several goals of Project PLAN in the area of student personal and social behavior, self-planning skills for occupational and personal development, etc. Attainment of such goals is very difficult to measure using standardized testing procedures. The critical incident technique was utilized to identify important aspects of student behavior which were felt to represent positive examplars of these goals. From this basis, student self-report procedures were developed. These procedures were applied to situations which were structured according to cues obtained from the original critical incidents. The weight of the findings supports the tentative conclusion that PLAN students are making good progress. However, the study cannot be considered definitive because of certain limitations. A critical incident report form (teacher completed), the teacher's directions for the independent learning and community service activities exercises, the criteria for tabulating responses to these exercises, and a list of the school classes forming the sample are appended. (Author/LR)
Descriptors: Behavior Development, Behavior Patterns, Community Problems, Critical Incidents Method, Educational Objectives, Educational Programs, Evaluation Methods, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Independent Study, Individual Development, Individualized Instruction, Measurement Techniques, Self Directed Classrooms, Student Motivation
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers: Project PLAN
Note: From symposium "PLAN in Operation - A Summary of Four Years Experience in the Evolution of an Educational System," at the American Psychological Association Convention, Miami, Florida, September 1970