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ERIC Number: ED036753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 18
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The Internal and External Validation of the Concept Involvement.
Snyder, Robert E.
The objective of this study was to explicate the concept "involvement" so as to determine: (1) its range of meanings in both ordinary language and in the area of program development in adult education; and (2) how the range of meanings was used in empirical studies of a causal nature. The first task provided the basis for determining the internal validity of the concept (its meanings); the latter task, the external validity or relational character with other concepts. Linguistic analysis was used to provide a range of meanings in ordinary usage; then analysis was carried over to the uses of the concept in the professional literature of adult education. Secondly, the uses of the concept as found in empirical studies of the behavioral sciences were grouped according to common criterion variables and studied to determine the validity of common trends. Two major senses of involvement were isolated: the minimal sense--physical/cognitive activity--and a strong sense--an affective relationship. Findings revealed that minimal sense of the concept had been widely used in postulated hypotheses; supported the minimal sense of involvement as related to positive affective changes, desired behavioral changes, and certain ability changes; and did not support relationship between involvement (minimal sense) and greater acquisition of information. (author/pt)
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Note: Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 27-28, 1970