ERIC Number: ED438883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Abstract Evaluation Project. Final Report.
Cohen, Arthur M.; Colby, Anita
This report presents results from an internal evaluation conducted between September 1981 and August 1982 of abstracts published by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) system. A brief introduction describes the study methodology and reviews limitations, indicating that 526 evaluations of 349 abstracts were conducted by personnel at each of the 16 ERIC Clearinghouses. Next, results of the evaluations prepared by each Clearinghouse are presented, with Clearinghouses being identified only by a random letter of the alphabet. For each Clearinghouse, information is provided on the numbers of abstracts evaluated, evaluations completed, abstractors whose work was represented, and evaluators; overall ratings; types of abstracts represented (i.e., informative, indicative, or mixed) and analysis of their appropriateness; evaluations of abstract style, vocabulary, and content; length of the abstracts evaluated; and details on how the Clearinghouse conducted the evaluations. Next, outcomes are described for the system as a whole, indicating that 67 excellent ratings, 188 good ratings, 150 fair ratings, 91 marginal ratings, and 30 poor ratings were assigned. Common problems included inappropriate selection of abstract type and the omission of important sections of documents. Recommendations for improving abstracts are included. An interim report from an initial pilot study; revisions of the abstract evaluation form; feedback from Clearinghouses regarding the form; sample evaluations; and materials from an abstracting workshop are appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.