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ERIC Number: ED076674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 12
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Conflicting Viewpoints That Affect Design, Analysis, Interpretations, and Reporting in the National Follow Through Evaluation.
Sorenson, Philip H.
Congress authorized Follow Through in 1967 under the Economic Opportunity Act to provide developmental and educational services for poor children in primary grades who had experienced Head Start or equivalent pre-school. A large scale service program was envisioned originally. Appropriations were not sufficient, however, so Follow Through was re-cast as an R&D program. The differences between these different concepts have affected both the implementation and assessment of the program. The following pairs of somewhat opposed orientations are discussed to illustrate the consequences of one view or another on feasible evaluations designs, appropriate analyses, and justifiable interpretations: (1) Follow Through as a service-oriented compensatory program or a research-oriented experiment, (2) analyses directed to policy issues or theoretical questions, (3) evaluation addressed to formative or summative assessment, (4) program success defined by general or specific criteria, and (5) frequent reports of tendencies deferred reports of more stable findings. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (New Orlean, Louisiana, February 25-March 1, 1973)