ERIC Number: ED093479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug-10
Reference Count: N/A
Classroom Observation Study of Implementation in Head Start Planned Variation, 1970-1971. Final Report.
Stearns, Marian S.; And Others
This report presents the findings from an evaluation of the classroom processes of the twelve Planned Variation sponsors. Three basic issues were addressed: (1) To what degree are the programs really different and providing distinct treatments? (2) To what extent are the educational goals of each program actually implemented? and (3) Is there a relationship between implementation and child outcome as measured by cognitive and achievement tests? After a brief overview of Project Head Start and descriptions of each sponsor model, the method of the evaluation study is discussed. Data collection was based on a battery of tests administered in the early fall and late spring of the 1970-'71 academic year, and observation of classroom processes twice during that same year. The observation instruments and lists of tests used are appended to the document. The procedures of analysis for the study (computer and statistical) are also discussed. It is concluded that (1) although several loose clusters of sponsors were identified, there were more similarities than differences, (2) consistency between sponsor objectives and sponsor frequencies on the variables selected to reflect these objectives was quite high for all sponsors, but consistency on these same process variables across sites was quite low, and (3) the relationship between implementation and test results remains unclear. (DP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Research Inst., Menlo Park, CA.