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ERIC Number: ED048281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 106
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A Method for Evaluating Communicative Behavior Change.
Applbaum, Ronald Lee
The purpose of this study was to develop and test a method for assessing change in communicative behavior--i.e., any observable behavior change manifested by students during a communicative situation in the classroom. Using a testing instrument specifically designed to measure these changes, 16 trained raters, four untrained raters, and six teachers observed and rated children in seven public school classrooms. Results of a statistical analysis of the data indicated that (1) no real differences existed among raters' measurements, (2) experienced and inexperienced raters' judgments were not significantly different from each other, (3) real differences were found among the communicative behavior change of the subjects, (4) no real differences were found between the behavioral change scores of the raters and teachers for subjects in the same group, (5) no variability was found between the behavioral change score differences of raters and teachers in any of the seven groups, and (6) no real difference was found between the teacher-rater change score differences in the seven groups. It was concluded that the method used in this study proved to be a consistently reliable index for measuring behavioral change; could be used effectively by experienced raters, inexperienced raters, and teachers; and discriminated accurately among differences in behavioral change. (Author/JM)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University