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ERIC Number: ED138978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Instructional Use of Measurement Instruments Designed for Research.
Wolter, Daniel R.; Lamberg, Walter J.
This paper reports on a usually unrecognized potential benefit of measurement instruments designed for research in instruction: the effectiveness of these instruments when used as instructional procedures. Two studies were involved in the development of this concept. In the first study, an extensive instrument was designed to measure changes in six variables considered indicative of improvement in skills and qualities in narrative writing. The instrument was used to measure the effectiveness of a self-instructional program which employed a number of instructional strategies. The second study focused on one of the instructional strategies: task-related feedback, or information on performance that is directly related to specific behaviors identified by means of a task analysis of the performance of narrative writing. The measurement instrument was simplified and transformed into a feedback system used by students and teachers. Findings supported the idea that task-related feedback could result in desirable changes. The implication of the study was that the use of the feedback/measurement system, by itself, could be an effective instructional procedure. (Author/LJR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Study prepared at The University of Texas at Austin