ERIC Number: ED117187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Learning Environments. TM Report 43.
Eash, Maurice J.; Talmage, Harriet
This paper discusses some approaches to the evaluation of social environments of learning that extend traditional evaluation beyond what intelligence and standardized achievement tests capture as the outcomes of schooling. Students can provide an important judgement or perspective on the suitability of the social environment as shaped by curriculum, instruction, and learning. This type of assessment holds promise for suggesting curriculum and instructional changes. A number of learning environment scales showing predictive validity from previous studies are utilized in four evaluation studies involving assessment of learning environments. The first two demonstrate instructional effects on the learning environment or classrooms, the third documents the assessment of a major curriculum change through measurement of changes in the learning environment, and the fourth illustrates the sensitivity and usefulness of learning environment data to changes brought about by racial integration. All studies were done in public schools to answer specific problems. The four studies are discussed. (Author/RC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Affective Measures, Classroom Environment, Curriculum Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Programs, Program Effectiveness, School Desegregation, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, Princeton, NJ.