By George Graham, William Bechtel

Unrivaled within the caliber of its world-renowned participants, this multidisciplinary spouse serves as either a direction textual content and a reference booklet around the vast spectrum of problems with difficulty to cognitive technology.

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For example, if one were to evaluate the efficiency of an early intervention program or a semester-at-sea educational experience, one would define the criteria beforehand (acquisition of language skills or development of international awareness) to be evaluated during and after the educational experience. In the past 50 years, assessment and evaluation have assumed a huge importance where individuals and institutions are having to be more accountable for their actions and the outcomes of their research, experiments and demonstration projects.

The Importance of Early Experience At least one major theme that has resulted from over 100 years of understanding the important theme of continuity and discontinuity in development and later, its application to educational endeavors, is the importance of early experience. While theorists have almost always explored the implications of this, it was not until the advent of early childhood interventions and educational programs (such as Head Start) was there a corpus of data that could be used to evaluate the effectiveness of such efforts.

Quasi-experimental designs can involve a control group but also involve participants who are members of preassigned groups. For example, if one were to examine the effectiveness of the balance training on groups of both men and women, this would be quasi-experimental in nature because these groups come to the experiment already assigned to a group. The same would be the case if political party, age, grade, neighborhood of residence or preexisting medical conditions were factors being studied. indd xlii 9/16/2010 12:42:01 PM Editor’s Introduction xliii confidence in differences between groups within such factors (such as gender), the level of confidence is somewhat limited because it is unclear as to what these participants bring to the experiment that occurred prior to the experiment’s beginning and what effect those prior experiences might have on ultimate outcomes.

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