ERIC Number: ED049287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of Selected Procedures for the Development and Evaluation of Hierarchical Curriculum Structures.
Boozer, Robert F.; Lindvall, C. M.
Many programs for individualization of instruction are based on a curriculum structure involving a careful sequencing of instructional objectives and larger units of learning content. A methodology that may be useful in the formative evaluation of the sequential and structural properties among predefined curriculum units and specific instructional objectives was investigated. The three distinct research populations consisted of the student enrollment in three schools employing the Individually Prescribed Instruction (IPI) system for elementary school mathematics. To examine these structural relationships, as they are found in different content areas and levels, student performance on unit placement tests and pretests in thirty IPI mathematics units consisting of 173 specific objectives was investigated through scalogram and simplex analyses. The usefulness of these procedures in providing suggestions for the revision and refinement of curriculum structures was demonstrated. Alternative structures and sequences suggested by this evaluation program may be helpful in providing guidance for curriculum and testing specialists in the design of future curriculums in IPI mathematics. (Author/PR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Research, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Mathematics, Evaluation Methods, Formative Evaluation, Hypothesis Testing, Individualized Programs, Mathematics Curriculum, Research Methodology, Sequential Approach, Serial Ordering, Statistical Analysis, Tests, Units of Study
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Identifiers: Guttman Scale; Guttman Simplex Analysis; Individually Prescribed Instruction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York, February 1971