ERIC Number: ED245792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan-15
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Adequacy of the Implementation of a Program Innovation: An Exploration of Methods Used in Selected Preschool Settings in Relation to Research on Change in the Elementary School. Follow Through Planning: Strand One.
Williams, Leslie R.; Cruikshank, Susan B.
In order to contribute to the refinement of methods for assessing the adequacy of program implementation, this study investigated data collection efforts made during the implementation of ALERTA, a bilingual, multicultural preschool curriculum model. Comparisons of results are made with those of previously conducted studies of program implementation in elementary schools. To aid comparison, the discussion is organized into four sections. The first section reviews a representative sample of the literature on innovative implementation in the elementary school. The review provides a framework for interpreting the following description of preschool innovation. The second section briefly describes the ALERTA program and presents the plan used for assessing the adequacy of its implementation. Also included in this section are samples of the descriptions resulting from data-gathering efforts. The third section discusses, in relation to existing research in the elementary school, strengths and weaknesses of the methods used to assess the adequacy of ALERTA's implementation. The fourth section concludes with recommendations offered to Follow Through planners considering assessment of the adequacy of program implementation. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Critical Analysis; Project Follow Through; Project Head Start