ERIC Number: ED207172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
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Design and Measurement Issues in Follow Through Research.
Becker, Wesley C; And Others
The focus of future Follow Through research should be oriented toward showing what can be done in order to offer information to both federal and local planners on which systems of curriculum design, classroom management, and parent involvement appear to be most effective. To assure this goal, the issues of program efficacy and implementation should be experimentally isolated in the next phase of Follow Through research. Separate studies should be conducted to explore effective implementation strategies in big cities. The new Follow Through design would include improvements over the former design: more care in selecting local comparison groups; better assessment of entry performance of children; and assessment of implementation processes in Follow Through and control classrooms. Within this design, separate component analysis studies are needed. Appendix I details potential component analysis studies. There is also a need for Follow Through to be extended into grades 4 through 6, and for selected sponsors to demonstrate solutions to issues in the intermediate grades. The best approach towards broad range assessment would be to administer a yearly test battery to all full-term Follow Through students and to conduct small scale longitudinal studies. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Analysis of Covariance, Control Groups, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Federal Aid, Followup Studies, Measurement Techniques, Models, Outcomes of Education, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Research Design, Research Needs, Research Problems, Statistical Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A