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ERIC Number: ED299775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of a Summer Gifted Program: Perceptions of Program Goals.
Shuler, Michael T.; Slate, John R.
A program evaluation was conducted of a summer program for academically gifted students in 5th through 10th grades. The purpose of this study was to evaluate discrepancies and congruencies among program teachers, counselors, and students in perceptions of program goal emphasis. The evaluation instrument used was a rating form composed of 60 goal statements developed to rate perceived degrees of emphasis placed by the program on cognitive and affective processes, student behaviors, and program environment. The subjects consisted of 16 teachers, 23 counselors, 294 students in grades 5-10, and 13 non-graded math students. Data analysis revealed that participants had generally congruent perceptions regarding the gifted program's goals. The program was generally perceived by teachers as being balanced, with similar emphases being given to affective, environment, behavior, and cognitive clusters of goals. Counselors and the 5th- through 10th-grade students perceived that program emphasis was less strong on the cognitive cluster of goals. It appeared that the evaluation instrument was sensitive enough to reveal explainable differences among groups. Coupled with its generally high internal consistency, there is confidence that the instrument produces reliable results. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
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