ERIC Number: ED174630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Developmental Perspective in Evaluating Educational Programs.
Sigel, Irving E.
This paper provides a theoretical discussion of educational program evaluation. Psychometric theory and developmental psychology are compared as they pertain to the testing of children. The nature of change in childhood makes it necessary to examine the assumptions and goals related to the testing of children as a means of evaluating educational programs. Specific issues considered include: test validity and reliability, test content, structure or subject variables, the role of environmental situation in children's behavior or test performance, and longitudinal issues. The evaluation of a preschool program is described to illustrate various evaluation issues. (RD)
Descriptors: Child Development, Cognitive Measurement, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Stages, Educational Research, Educational Testing, Evaluation Methods, Longitudinal Studies, Preschool Education, Program Evaluation, Psychometrics, Reliability, Research Needs, Student School Relationship, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Testing Problems, Validity
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1798)