ERIC Number: ED165898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Network 1975-1978 Evaluation Report.
Millersville State Coll., PA. Div. of Education.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
This report collects the findings of three sequential evaluation studies of a network system approach to the dissemination of techniques of individualizing instruction in elementary schools. In the network approach, college education personnel trained coordinators from school districts who, in turn, disseminated individualization materials and techniques to classroom teachers. Results of teacher surveys showed that teachers rated initial training sessions and summer workshops effective and found that participation in the training increased their use of individualizing techniques. Third and fifth grade students' achievement and attitude data from 1974 and 1976 were analyzed cross-sectionally and longitudinally to investigate program effects in three schools: Model, Parallel, and Atypical. The Model school was designated as a model of the use of individualized instruction. The Parallel school had a population similar to the Model school but used less individualization. The Atypical school consisted of high-IQ children of middle to upper middle class parents. On almost all achievement subtests, Atypical scores were higher than Model scores. Model scores were higher than Parallel. Reference ability, an outcome emphasized in the individualization program, was greater in the Model school. Attitude data indicated that the individualized programs promoted better attitudes among children toward school and school subjects. The dissemination effort resulted in the development of an undergraduate course in open education at the network college. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Millersville State Coll., PA. Div. of Education.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
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