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ERIC Number: ED216021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Evaluation of Middle School Programs.
McCann, Christina K.; And Others
The applicability of conventional measurement techniques in the assessment and evaluation of a middle school educational program has been disputed. The objectives of this program include assisting students in the development of several areas. Among these are independence, healthy self concepts, viable ethical and value systems, socially responsible behavior, a knowledge base for continued learning, and appropriate interpersonal skills. Many of the institution's aspirations are in non-cognitive areas. Data for this evaluation should be collected on student performance in a natural setting. It should be multifaceted. This data may be generated from structured questioning which enables evaluators to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of program components. Multiple data sources relative to program expectations are a critical part of the question-directed evaluation model. Data sources should be valid, reliable, easily accessible, relatively inexpensive, and non-reactive. Two types of data sources are paper and pencil tests and unobtrusive measures. The various types of measures to be used are identified and explained. More evaluation studies on middle schools are needed to determine if major goals are being met, young adolescents are benefiting, and to understand methods of improving the middle school. (DWH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A