ERIC Number: ED080183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Learning Booth: Product Evaluation Report.
Rayder, Nicholas; And Others
The evaluation of the Learning Booth program is reported. The program involves a Learning Booth equipped with an electric typewriter and staffed by a trained attendant, a sequence of child-paced instructions, a training program for Learning Booth attendants, and other related materials. Two main objectives were evaluated: (1) offering a child an experience where he can learn to solve problems and find answers by himself--it was expected that some would complete the program, reach Phase V, and that 75% would complete Phase III by the end of the year; to evaluate this objective, information was obtained from 2,454 1970-71 kindergarten and first-grade child performance records from 15 Follow Through districts using the Learning Booth; and (2) providing training--two approaches were evaluated. In the first, Senior Booth Attendants came to the Laboratory for 5 days of training, returned to their districts, set up a booth, and trained attendants; the criterion was that 80% would perform at acceptable levels. The second training approach was to give attendants only the guide. The child performance data showed that 91% of the children completed the year typing at or above Phase III. The data also showed that for kindergarten children, performance in the booth is directly related to the effectiveness of the booth attendant. Evaluation of training was based on observation. For the first training method, 82% of the booths were judged "good to excellent." For the second method, half were considered excellent. (For related document, see PS 006 669.) (Author/KM)
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Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, Berkeley, CA.
Note: A supplement to this document is PS 006 669