ERIC Number: ED064376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
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Evaluation of Programs to Train Educational R&D Personnel.
Woodward, Jane P.; Yeager, John L.
A discussion is given of the formative evaluation process as it was conceptualized and conducted to assess a R&D training program under development. Included are a discussion of the evaluation context, the evaluation model, the procedures and instruments developed and implemented and their success, the types of evaluation problems encountered and those conclusions and recommendations which evolved from the project evaluation staff's experience with the formative evaluation effort. The context of the R&D training program evaluation posed a particularly interesting setting and problem for the design and conduct of evaluation. The field of training for the program being developed was relatively undefined in terms of formal conceptualization and existence of research. The model, the CIPP model, comprises four steps: context evaluation, input evaluation, process evaluation, and product evaluation. Evaluation procedures included monitoring techniques, student opinion self-report techniques, achievement assessment techniques, and student attitude assessments. Results include: (1) Too much time was spent on evaluation activities requesting redundant data; (2) Oral feedback was preferable; (3) Time was a problem in the evaluation procedure. Conclusions include: (1) Formative evaluation must be "adaptive" evaluation; (2) The planning of the evaluation design and procedures must take into account any known characteristics of the particular students who comprise the pilot test group; and (3) The CIPP model can serve as a useful base for an overall program evaluation design. (CK)
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Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.