ERIC Number: ED325207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Decision Making to Adolescents: A Critical Review.
Beyth-Marom, Ruth; And Others
A conceptual framework derived from formal and behavioral theories was used to describe and evaluate a sample of the best developed programs for teaching decision making to adolescents. The internal validity of the programs was evaluated in terms of the adequacy of their coverage of the normatively prescribed steps to good decision making. The degree to which a program's pedagogy was sensitive to the descriptive research about the process of intuitively making judgments and decisions was also evaluated. Generally speaking, the programs covered the prescriptive steps fairly well, but largely ignored the descriptive research. The external validity of the programs was analyzed in terms of evaluation studies of the programs. Many of the curricula had considerable face validity: their underlying principles seemed plausible. Implementation of curricula was often imaginative. It is noted that the fact that the programs have gotten as far as they have shows enormous commitment and ingenuity. However, before a strong case could be made for adopting any of the programs, the program in question would need to give greater attention to its pedagogical underpinnings and the measurable impacts of the program on behavior. Programs reviewed used decision making and general thinking skills curricula. Life skills and social skills programs were also reviewed. Citations number 146. (RH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Curriculum Evaluation, Daily Living Skills, Decision Making, Definitions, Educational Objectives, Interpersonal Competence, Models, Profiles, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Skill Development, Thinking Skills
Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, 2400 N Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20037-1153 (free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, Washington, DC.
Note: For related papers, see ED 323 017-023 and PS 019 100-102.