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ERIC Number: ED137745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-May
Pages: 20
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A Strategy for Comparing Formal and Informal Testing.
Furr, Oneta R.
Recent research has revealed that informal inventories of students' abilities can be useful in reading diagnosis. Teachers need to be aware of the occasions during the school day which permit informal observation or testing of skills related to reading. The purpose of this study was to determine if classroom teachers, through informal observation methods, could recognize indicators of intellectual functioning. The original study involved 11 teachers and 195 children enrolled in kindergarten through grade 6; a replication of the study involved 14 teachers and 280 students in kindergarten through grade 12. In both studies, teachers observed students and recorded ratings of intellectual capacity by using the Ruth Strang Informal Observation of Capacity Inventory. Data indicated that the use of an informal inventory is justified, that teachers can use an informal inventory in order to make decisions concerning children's intellectual capacity, that these estimates of capacity are reasonably accurate, and that the Strang Inventory is appropriate for use with a heterogeneously grouped class. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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