ERIC Number: ED050157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Naturalistic Observation as a Research Instrument in Curriculum Development.
A number of problems are identified and questions raised about the usefulness of conventional instruments of educational and psychological measurement in curriculum evaluation and research. Four purposes of curriculum evaluation data are identified: (1) advancement of science, (2) curriculum revision, (3) provision of data for the formulation of educational policy decisions, and (4) a method for the development and refinement of educational theory. Some of the limitations of existing methodologies that relate to these purposes are pointed out, and the use of naturalistic observational methods is seen as providing solutions to a few of these problems. The study is an effort to identify existing research and measurement problems which may contribute to the improvement of theory and practice in education. (Author/AE)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Classroom Observation Techniques, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Research, Data Collection, Decision Making, Educational Practices, Educational Theories, Evaluation Methods, Formative Evaluation, Interaction Process Analysis, Naturalistic Observation, Program Effectiveness, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Research Tools
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. Graduate Inst. of Education.
Note: From symposium "Participant Observation and Curriculum: Research and Evaluation" presented at the Annual Meeting of AERA, New York, N.Y., Feb 1971