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ERIC Number: ED210078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A "Working Assumptions" Approach to Early Program Evaluation.
Morocco, Catherine Cobb
This two-part paper describes the working assumptions approach to early program evaluation and illustrates the approach with a study of a new social science curriculum in American ethnic pluralism for community colleges. Part I begins by providing a rationale for early program evaluation and describing the working assumptions approach as a model which identifies the teacher and student behaviors and activities which are critical to program success. This section also describes and illustrates the development of the working assumptions model; considers the ethnographic data-gathering methods used; and discusses the uses of evaluation results. Part II reviews the use of this approach to field test prototype units of a new social science curriculum. This section describes: (1) the two ethnic pluralism units that were field tested and the materials they used; (2) the objectives of the field test; (3) the working assumptions model, which included one objective for faculty, seven objectives for students, and four general course goals; (4) the selection of five community colleges as test sites; (5) the data-gathering methods used, including a teacher log, teacher interviews, a student questionnaire, and classroom observations/field visits; (6) methods used to analyze data and validate findings; and (7) findings and implications for further development and evaluation related to three of the eight working assumptions developed in the model. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Ameri