ERIC Number: ED375868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Development and Implementation of a Parent Education Outcome Assessment Technique.
Hobbs, Sylvia H.
A project was undertaken at a suburban community college to develop a Classroom Assessment Technique (CAT) that would enable parent education teachers to determine what parents learned from the lecture/discussion component of the program and whether or not the parents implemented the lessons learned. The CAT was used over a period of 6 weeks by full- and part-time instructors who taught in the parent education program. The CAT requires teachers to: (1) choose the parent education class in which to carry out the CAT; (2) choose the parent education topic to be taught; (3) write down two learning goals for that topic; (4) write down two objectives for each goal; (5) formulate the objectives into questions to be answered by the questions in the class; (6) before teaching the topic, ask parents to anonymously answer one set of questions about the topic; (7) after teaching the topic, ask parents to answer a second set of questions; and (8) one month later, give parents a third set of questions on the same topic. A total of 2,460 questions were answered by parents during the outcome assessment survey. Out of 185 parents who completed the follow-up questionnaire, 90% stated they used class information to enhance their parenting. Parents improved and retained their knowledge 4 to 6 weeks after the class was taken. However, less than 75% of the instructors rated the CAT useful or better, many criticizing the time it took away from teaching. Future recommendations include giving instructors more time to formulate goals, objectives, and assessment questions; and planning how to provide parents with information about the assessment program without jeopardizing the outcome. Appendixes include the CAT project description, instructor survey, parent questionnaire, and program implementation guide. (KP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Science Practicum, Nova University.