ERIC Number: ED035067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May-9
The Use of Behavioral Objectives in Evaluation: Relevant or Irrelevant?
Alkin, Marvin C.
Evaluation of instructional programs involves the process of ascertaining the decisions to be made. The decision maker, not the evaluator, determines the questions to be asked or the decisions to be made. A second task of evaluation deals with the specification of required information in light of system objectives. The task of the evaluator includes the development of research design and of instruments to provide the information appropriate to the decisions that must be made. The five stages of evaluation are: (1) needs assessment, (2) planning, (3) program implementation, (4) program improvement, and (5) program certification. Each stage is discussed and the categories of decisions are related to these stages to demonstrate the relevance or lack of relevance of students' behavioral objectives in each stage. (MF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Western Regional Conference on Testing Problems (18th, San Francisco, Calif., May 9, 1969)