ERIC Number: ED348549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Saginaw Adult Basic Education: Process Evaluation, 1991-92. Evaluation Report.
Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.
A process evaluation was conducted to determine the status of the School District of the City of Saginaw's Adult Basic Education (ABE) program operations during 1991-92. The instrument focused on nine aspects of an ABE classroom: start of class; time spent in instruction (for three subject areas and total); modes of instruction; extent of individualized instruction; materials used; frequency and nature of feedback; disruptive behavior; classroom formality; and testing occurrence/procedures. Findings were based on observations of 23 classrooms. In most sites, classes began on time and the teacher was present before it started. Each classroom tended to offer instruction in reading and mathematics during each class session and to devote the most class time to reading. Instructors used more than one instructional method and used checking for understanding as a teaching device in the majority of lessons. Individualized instruction was also widely seen in each subject area. The large majority of reading and mathematics instruction was conducted using books/workbooks on the booklist. Positive feedback was in evidence in all sites; negative feedback was seen at only eight sites. Disruptive behavior was not frequently seen, minor in nature, and handled appropriately by the teacher. Class formality approximated the supervisor's intention. Testing was observed in 12 sites--in half, proper procedures were not used. In general, the program was operating as planned, but improvements in the areas of mathematics and Michigan Life Role Competencies instruction and testing were recommended. (The observation sheet with compiled results is appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Classroom Environment, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Techniques, Feedback, Formative Evaluation, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Materials, Mathematics Instruction, Media Selection, Program Effectiveness, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Testing
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.