ERIC Number: ED209596
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-24
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Evaluation Research Via a Semester-Long Simulation.
As more psychologists become involved in program evaluation, program evaluation courses have been developed by many psychology departments. Psychology graduate students (N=19) participated in a semester-long simulation course. Students divided into small groups, and each group submitted a written proposal for evaluating the counseling service of a fictional community agency. Students could question the agency director, role-played by the instructor, to obtain evaluation-relevant information which had been intentionally omitted from descriptive materials about the agency. A second proposal was also written and submitted by each group. The groups then analyzed a fictitious set of pre-and post-measures describing the psychosocial adjustment of three client subgroups and prepared a comprehensive final evaluation report that included the analysis results. Data relevant to the effectiveness of the simulation was generated from questionnaires completed by participants, questions asked by the groups, the proposals and final report, and the instructor's informal observations. Both the performance of the students during the simulation and their subsequent evaluation of the simulation effectiveness indicated that the simulation was involving and educational. The findings suggest that teaching evaluation research via simulation need not be confined to short-term courses. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Best copy available. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).