ERIC Number: ED254322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Comprehensive Evaluation of an Advanced Academic Program for Elementary-School Students.
The Motivate and Stimulate for Excellence project was designed to provide academically above-average primary and intermediate level elementary school students at 10 project schools with enrichment activities to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Process and product evaluations assessed the extent to which project activities were implemented as specified in the program proposal and the extent to which specific project objectives were attained. Data collection included examination of records, observation of project activities, survey via questionnaire, and interviews with program personnel. Pretesting and posttesting using the Developing Cognitive Abilities Test and the Ross Test of Higher Cognitive Processes assessed student gains in higher level cognitive skills involving analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Results indicated that most project activities occurred as specified in the program proposal. Most parents, participating students, and teachers reported positive feelings about the program. Overall, test data indicated that substantial increases in higher level cognitive skills occurred across all grade levels for participating students. The report includes an overview of other academic programs for advanced students; appendices provide guidelines for contracting and managing external research-evaluation services, survey forms, and other related materials. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dade County Public Schools FL; Developing Cognitive Abilities Test; Florida (Dade County); Ross Test of Higher Cognitive Processes
Note: Practicum Report, Nova University.