ERIC Number: ED211700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
On Adult Learning. Measures of Effectiveness for Validation of an Experimental Design.
Berube, Jean E.; Mark, Jorie Lester, Ed.
Evaluation design is discussed in terms of conditions that an adult education intervention (product, practice) must meet to get Joint Dissemination and Review Panel (JDRP) approval. (Effectiveness, the sole criterion for JDRP approval, must be established by evaluation data adequate to tie the project and desired impact together in a cause-and-effect relationship.) Four conditions examined by the JDRP are considered: (1) the evidence must be valid and reliable, (2) the effect must be of sufficient magnitude and have educational importance, (3) it should be possible to reproduce both the intervention and its effects at other sites, and (4) project data must be believable and interpretable. Discussion of statistical significance are size effect, importance of the educational area, and cost of the intervention. Considerations for replicability include setting, staff, participants, and components. Topics under the final condition of believability and interpretability include consistency of factual data in narrative and tables, completeness of data, and objectivity maintained in gathering data. An evaluation design checklist is appended. (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.