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ERIC Number: ED428082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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The Development of a Rating Scale: Documentation and Nongraded Multiage Programs.
O'Connor, C. Richele
The purpose of this study is to establish internal consistency and validity on a survey instrument that has resulted from previous research which examined the perceptions of six teachers as they engaged in the implementation of a nongraded, multiage continuous progress primary program. The need for documentation of student progress was identified by the previous study, and the content of the resulting rating scale represents the perceived benefits of nongradedness. Since the previous research also identified challenges with assessment and the school administration, the rating scale measuring eight different categories was developed to offer teachers of multiage students documentation of the progress students make in multiage classrooms. Using Cronbach's coefficient alpha to measure the internal consistency of the preliminary survey instrument, values ranging from 0.84 to 0.98 were obtained. The preliminary instrument was reduced to 11 questions representing the 8 categories, and this final instrument was assessed for internal consistency, resulting in a Cronbach's alpha of 0.93. An appendix contains instructions to teachers for the study survey. (Contains 4 tables and 16 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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