ERIC Number: ED366171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Consensus Building: A Process for Selecting Educational Outcomes and Indicators.
Vanderwood, Michael; And Others
Outcomes & Indicators: NCEO Report, n2 Nov 1993
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) was established to work with states and other policy groups to develop a model of educational outcomes for students with disabilities and to generate a list of indicators of these outcomes. NCEO developed a technique named Multi-Attribute Consensus Building (MACB) to build consensus among educators, policymakers, administrators, parents, advocates, and other stakeholders. MACB is a quantitative, objective approach for determining a small group's opinion about the importance of each item in a list, through three stages: generation of input, consensus working session, and synthesis of consensus. NCEO produced large lists of outcomes and indicators and used MACB to determine how important these indicators were to various groups. NCEO used the ratings to determine which indicators and outcomes to use in the model at the school completion, postschool, and early childhood levels. Following a description of the MACB approach, this report discusses equipment needed, technical and logistical issues, ways to modify the MACB process, and advantages and limitations. Figures and appendixes present: (1) a conceptual model of outcomes; (2) MACB stages and tasks to accomplish; (3) a table showing decisions made during the process of synthesizing consensus; (4) a handout on the consensus-building process; (5) an example of an indicator's importance ratings spreadsheet; and (6) equipment configurations. (Contains 11 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Decision Making, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Outcomes of Education, Preschool Education, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Teamwork
University of Minnesota, National Center on Educational Outcomes, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 E. River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($5).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Coll. of Education.