ERIC Number: ED191902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Quantitative Synthesis of the Effects of Open Education.
Hetzel, Donna C.; And Others
By employing meta-analysis procedures to build on the reviews of Horwitz and Peterson, specific effects of open education are quantified and related to school and student characteristics. From the 45 studies located in ERIC, the Education Index, and Horwitz's monograph, student, setting, and research design characteristics were coded. Twenty-three affective and cognitive outcomes including subject-matter achievement, self-concept and attitude toward teacher were examined. The broad range of outcomes represents the diversity of effects to be expected from a school-level intervention. Overall, open education has slightly higher outcomes than does traditional education, but the difference is not significant. The study-weighted outcome t-test shows an average open education superiority of .13 traditional-group standard deviations. Results reinforce the view that open education offers an eminently viable option to educators in search of alternatives to traditional teaching methods. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Meta Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).