ERIC Number: ED193885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Assessors: A Necessary and Important Training Function.
Bennett, Randy Elliot; Lewis, Michael
The authors contend that it is necessary to assess the training needs of professionals who are routinely involved in evaluating exceptional children. They suggest that assessment personnel are not performing in the most proficient way possible. The roles of the primary care physician in early identification and of psychologists and special educators are examined. Issues in the conduct of needs assessment research, including political and methodological factors, are considered. Seven recommendations for improving the performance of assessment personnel are listed, including more emphasis on delineating specific knowledge, skill, and personality components in assessment; cooperation between professionals and needs assessment researchers; and possible periodic relicensing of personnel involved in assessment. (CL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Note: This paper is based on a dissertation at Teachers College, Columbia University. The work was done in connection with a predoctoral research fellowship awarded by the Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children at Educational Testing Service.