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ERIC Number: ED095996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb-12
Pages: 26
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Formative Evaluation in a Cognitive Developmental Program for Young Children.
Willis, Sherry L.; And Others
The Cognitive Developmental Early Childhood program at Pennsylvania State University has formulated a program, curriculum, and evaluation system guided by Piagetian theory. The evaluation system described in this paper is a result of an intensive examination of the purposes and types of evaluation systems for their compatibility with the Piagetian assessment approach. The paper includes a brief description of the cognitive developmental program, the design and implementation of the evaluation system, and the types of information generated by the system and their utilization in the program. A hierarchy of developmental levels was derived from Piagetian theory and research, and these levels were used to guide the teacher in both activity presentation and formative data collection. The computer-based evaluation system provided a mechanism of continuing feedback, and suggests a means for a more systematic and intensive study of the formation of cognitive operations in children. The system is expected to be of particular use in a careful study of such phenomena as transitional periods and/or horizontal decalage (eg. the effect of intervention programs on different cognitive operations during transitional periods.) The proposed evaluation system is believed to offer a significant contribution to Piagetian methodology and research and application of the theory in a variety of intervention contexts. (CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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