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ERIC Number: ED083539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 12
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Data Collection: A Cybernetic Aspect of a Learning Assistance Center.
Devirian, Margaret Coda
Data collection and analysis as a cybernetic aspect of a Learning Assistance Center (LAC) is discussed. Using the LAC at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) as a model, the LAC is defined as a support, delivery, and referral service for the entire campus community. A LAC is held accountable to itself and its users through a cybernetics approach to systems (problem difinition and organization, system analysis and development, and system evaluation are interrelated by feedback built into the system). Three aspects of the LAC's total assessment procedure are considered: (1) usage of the center, (2) usage of the materials in the center, and (3) usefulness of the center's material to the learners. The author asserts that improved data collection, analysis, and subsequent change within the system are required for improved accountability. Literature dealing with accountability is reviewed. The practicality and efficiency of the methods used at CSULB for assessment are discussed and evaluated. (LL)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western College Reading Assn. (Albuquerque, April 12-14, 1973)