ERIC Number: ED096346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
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Seeking a Measure of General Educational Advancement: The Bentee. Final Report.
Page, Ellis B.; Breen, Thomas F., III
Education suffers from the lack of any common measure of overall educational advancement, related in some clear way to the objectives of society. The present study proposes such a measure in the "bentee" (standing for benefit T-score) and provides evidence about its utility and form. Creation of a general "bentee" permits the design of a tree of values, leading by clearly defined steps from the highest values of society to the lowest, most directed, and definable objectives and test items. The mathematics of such a tree is analyzed, permitting the tracing of any subarea of performance in terms of its overall value. Two methods of assigning values, at a given level of the tree, are compared experimentally, using 101 sample judges from two regions of the U. S. It was found that the values had clear and consistent rank orders when group means were considered; that the less elaborate token methods served as well as the latest technique; that the relative values for boy high-school seniors were only slightly different from those judged for girls; and that educators did not differ, as a group, from noneducators in their assigned values. Individuals, however, differed enormously from one another in their appraisal of educational values. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
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