ERIC Number: ED216443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Decision Seminar as a Training Framework: An Exploratory Assessment.
Hughes, Abby L.; Ogawa, Rodney T.
To explore the utility of decision seminars as instructional tools in educational administration training, researchers observed two one-quarter graduate courses in educational administration at Ohio State University. In the courses--one with 13 students, the other with 18--the decision seminar was used as an instructional framework within which planning and problem-solving simulations were conducted. The decision seminar is a social planning and problem-solving model comprising five components: (1) the management framework or setting for decision-making, (2) five problem-solving tasks, (3) a model identifying seven social process elements, (4) eight community value categories, and (5) a decision phase analysis that identifies six implementation and evaluation steps. Course observation and interviews with course participants indicate that four types of learning outcomes in the classes could be attributed to the decision seminar framework. The first two types included prescriptive (or normative) learning about the way decision-making should be structured and descriptive learning about the process by which decisions are made. The second two types involved prescriptive and descriptive learning about the collection and use of information needed for making a decision. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Decision Seminars
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).