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ERIC Number: EJ866972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1934-5747
Moving from the Lab to the Field: The Role of Fidelity and Achieved Relative Intervention Strength
Hulleman, Chris S.; Cordray, David S.
Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, v2 n1 p88-110 2009
As an example of how the effectiveness of well-designed laboratory interventions is often diffused in the field, we examined the effects of a motivation intervention on students' perceptions and learning. The intervention proved to be more effective in the laboratory (g = 0.45) than the field (g = 0.05) in enhancing subsequent motivation. We explored this reduction in treatment effectiveness through a fidelity analysis that examined the extent to which participants responded to the treatment. We calculated fidelity as three indices of achieved relative treatment strength (Cordray & Pion, 2006), and found that, regardless of how fidelity was calculated, achieved relative strength was about 1 standard deviation less in the classroom than the laboratory. In addition, greater levels of achieved relative strength were associated with greater differences in the motivational outcome--indicating that intervention was more effective for participants who actually received the treatment than those who did not. Multilevel analyses indicated that the drop in classroom treatment fidelity was partially because of teacher, rather than student, factors. Implications for theoretical models of change and research are discussed. (Contains 2 figures, 5 tables and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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