ERIC Number: ED160219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-1
Reference Count: N/A
Current Issues in the Development Project for Head Start Profiles of Program Effects on Children.
Mediax Associates, Inc., Westport, CT.
This collection of 3 papers summarizes the current thinking of those involved in the Head Start Program Effects Measurement Project regarding selected issues in the assessment of Head Start program effects on children's development. The first paper describes the project panelists' current approaches to the selection of measurement dimensions. Criteria for the selection of dimensions are listed, broad constructs or domains of behavior to be assessed are identified, issues relating to the collection of additional data on the various contexts affecting the child are discussed, and technical problems in the measurement of program effects are summarized. The second paper discusses implications for the measurement of program effects on special needs children. Specific topics examined include: (1) legal provisions for including handicapped children in Head Start, (2) definition of the term handicapped, (3) current enrollment of handicapped children in Head Start, (4) concern over labeling handicapped children, (5) Head Start classification system for handicapped children, and (6) options for handling the handicapped in the program effects measurement program. The third paper discusses two approaches to the aggregation of data which could yield suitable indices for the various constructs to be assessed. The judgmental and the empirical approach to weighting information are described and the empirical approach is recommended for the present study. (JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mediax Associates, Inc., Westport, CT.