ERIC Number: ED193267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Approaches to Research on Experiential Education Programs.
Owens, Thomas R.
Four strategies that are useful in conducting research on experiential education programs are discussed and illustrated. These include: case studies, content analysis, use of a focused survey, and concept analysis. Each strategy addresses an issue particular to experiential education. Case studies allow data collection on a large number of variables related to an individual learner, and are useful in describing the diversity of a program's treatment in assessing individualized student outcomes. Content analysis involves the systematic classification and analysis of existing documentation. This methodology is also useful in experiential education research because it is unobtrusive. A focused survey is a questionnaire based on a theoretical framework that explores people's attitudes and experiences related to one or a few constructs. Concept analysis clarifies abstract concepts, determines their meanings, and identifies how concepts work during thought processes. Also included in the paper is an explanation of the proposed essential elements within nine dimensions of experiential education. The dimensions are as follows: purpose, setting, participants' characteristics, learning strategies, student roles, instructor roles, outcomes of learning activities, management and support factors, and program outcomes. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers: Conceptual Analysis; Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).