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ERIC Number: EJ1005667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0313-7155
Aggregating School Based Findings to Support Decision Making: Implications for Educational Leadership
Kaniuka, Theodore S.; Vitale, Michael R.; Romance, Nancy R.
Issues in Educational Research, v23 n1 p69-82 2013
Successful school reform is dependent on the quality of decisions made by educational leaders. In such decision making, educational leaders are charged with using sound research findings as the basis for choosing school reform initiatives. As part of the debate regarding the usability of various evaluative research designs in providing information in support of decision making, randomised field trials (RFT) have been advanced as the only valid way of determining program effectiveness. This paper presents a methodological rationale that would apply multi-level statistical analysis to aggregated, pre-post intervention data readily available from multiple school sites within a multiple baseline design framework to provide educational leaders with a valid alternative to RFT designs. Presented and discussed is an illustrative application of the potential value of such a design, in establishing the effectiveness of a cluster of reading programs in a form, that is directly applicable by educational decision makers considering reform initiatives and involving developmental reading. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc. 5/202 Coode Street, Como, Western Australia 6152, Australia. e-mail: editor@iier.org.au; Web site: http://www.waier.org.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A