ERIC Number: ED366305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Conducting Product Evaluation with a Graduate-Level Class: The Reconstruction of Experience.
The involvement of an actual class in the conduct of a product evaluation is described as a powerful learning experience for the students and a valuable service for a client. The essential elements of such a program are: (1) a teacher-negotiated contract for an evaluation; (2) students who sign on by enrolling for credit; (3) background provided by the client; (4) formation of teams of classmates to conduct the work; and (5) reports of evaluation results to the client. The practice of paying the class for evaluation work is advocated as an incentive. Two specific evaluations by graduate students at Utah State University undertaken in this manner, one evaluating an approach to teaching French or Spanish at the elementary level and one evaluating college-level instructional materials for a distance learning course in French, are described. How this evaluation approach relates to the philosophy of John Dewey is explored, and the operation of the concepts of experiential learning is discussed. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Compensation (Remuneration), Credit Courses, Distance Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Evaluation Methods, Evaluators, Experiential Learning, French, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Incentives, Instructional Material Evaluation, Program Evaluation, Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Student Participation, Teaching Methods, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dewey (John)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association (Dallas, TX, April 1993).