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ERIC Number: ED132237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploration of Transfer of Independent Behavior From Enrichment Classrooms in Harlem to a Non-Classroom Behavioral Situation. Final Report for Research Period September 1st, 1969 to August 31st, 1970.
Schumer, Florence; Deutsch, Cynthia P.
The last year of work of a two-year study designed to systematically evaluate the construct of independence in a special ghetto population and its relationship to other variables are described in this report. In this process, several reliable measurement techniques emerge including the classroom behavior checklist, sociometric methods, measures of creativity, and various behavioral situations for assessing independent behavior. The checklist shows excellent potential for use in other investigations, as it yields high independent rater agreement in regard to classifying children into the relevant classifications. Methods for assessing creativity are adopted from existing techniques and again, high interviewer reliability is found. A major result of this work involves offering to the professional community various measurement techniques for further refinement. It is suggested that independence, as a behavioral construct, requires careful definition in the context of the specific exploration in which an investigator is involved. The construct of independence, designated either through teachers' ratings or checklist classifications, does not seem to be related to the kinds of creativity measures and personality variables that are employed. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. for Developmental Studies.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)