ERIC Number: ED244732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Three Versions of Follow Through: An Analysis of Yield.
Kennedy, Mary M.
Three possible versions of Project Follow Through are discussed to explore the kinds of knowledge that each approach would yield and to describe alternative ways in which the program could maintain the unique feature of federal coordination of research. Versions compared include (1) a federally coordinated research program designed to generate knowledge about the relative advantages of different combinations of Head Start and Follow Through; (2) the version that actually occurred (the planned variation approach), which contrasted a variety of curricula to determine the nature of effects each produced in disadvantaged children; and (3) small, federally coordinated pilot tests of new, alternative instructional techniques. The comparison is guided by a list of seven research/program dimensions, including nature of programmatic variations, utility of the study, likelihood of measuring relevant outcomes, duration of the study, size of the study, inferential problems, and cost/benefit implications of the above considerations. In conclusion, eight arguments weighing heavily against the third variation are presented, and an alternative third version is offered for consideration. In this latter version, the program would continue as before, and the federal government would support research into all major program dimensions (such as the nature and implications of disadvantage, the organization and delivery of noninstructional services, variations in compliance with federal regulations, program implementation, and characteristics of program models). (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Huron Inst., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Planned Variation; Project Follow Through