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ERIC Number: ED416058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 7
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A Practitioner's Look at Research: Experientially Based Practitioner-Friendly Program Assessment Measurement Tools.
Henderson, Bob; Mehta, Sonali; Elrick, Michael
School-based outdoor and experiential programs face an increasing demand from outside interests for research-based accountability. This paper suggests that both research and practice are strengthened by researcher-practitioner partnerships and by practitioners conducting their own research. Three modest qualitative research designs are explored as viable tools for practitioner research. In the first study, concept mapping was used to examine students' experiences in the conventional school setting and in the Community Environmental Leadership Programme (CELP), an integrated outdoor experiential program in a Guelph (Ontario, Canada) high school. Students constructed concept maps of their perspectives on schooling before and after CELP. Concept maps are unique in providing researchers with complex information for program assessment while remaining a student-controlled activity. This tool's effectiveness may lie in the fact that concept maps allow students to reflect on their experiences with the personal language that they have constructed. The following year, CELP students wrote short stories about themselves and school, at the beginning and end of the program. With both approaches, student responses were honest and stimulating for the teacher, but concept mapping appeared to be more fun and more liberating for students than the story approach. In the third study, an experiential practitioner who had collected student journal work for 10 years realized that the work was data and could be used to save his program from cutbacks. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada