ERIC Number: ED103789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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Judge or Jury: The Problem of Assessing Learning Environments.
Carlson, Robert V.; Marchant, William C.
Elementary school principals and guidance personnel are being called upon more frequently to evaluate the efficacy of educational goals and the means for attaining these goals. This article presents alternative methods to standardized testing for garnering significant information about the school environment. Three broad categories presented are school-wide, classroom and individual. To assess school environments the authors recommend using the Student Opinion Poll, a 49-item questionnaire. A number of other tools are also discussed. Two approaches mentioned to assess the classroom environment are a questionnaire approach and an interaction analysis approach. The third level of the assessment process, focusing on specific individual pupil behavior, necessitates the identification of specific assessment devices. This process should provide a better understanding of the nature of the students' and/or teacher's problem. The motivation behind student behavior must be more clearly understood, and the assessment tools presented in this report can give some direction to this search. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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