ERIC Number: ED021308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Jun
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The Impact of the Hawthorne Effect in Experimental Designs in Educational Research. Final Report.
Cook, Desmond L.
Project objectives included (1) establishing a body of knowledge concerning the role of the Hawthorne effect in experimental designs in educational research, (2) assessing the influence of the Hawthorne effect on educational experiments conducted under varying conditions of control, (3) identifying the major components comprising the effect, and (4) suggesting methodological approaches to control the possible influence on the effect in educational experiments. Methodology and procedures involved (1) establishing a field research situation in which selected variables were introduced and manipulated as possible cues to generate the effect, and (2) analyzing completed published studies to determine if results of such studies could be explained on the basis of the possible presence of the Hawthorne effect. Field research findings showed no systematic relation to the achievement gains to cuing variables or to awareness of experimentation. Analysis of the literature revealed no systematic relationship between study results and control procedures employed. (Author/TT)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.