ERIC Number: ED118652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
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An Approach to the Evaluation of EPA Training Course Effectiveness with Recommenoations for Improvement of Future Courses and Assessment Techniques.
Lehnert, George R.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided a program of training courses in the prevention, reduction, and control of water pollution for personnel of federal, state, and local governmental agencies, private industries, and universities. A triangulation approach was pursued in the instrumentation concept. That is, three evaluation instruments were developed. These were: (1) a questionnaire to be sent to the students after they had returned to their homes following completion of the course; (2) a participant observer manual in which prestructured forms were designed for making observations relative to topic sequencing, teaching techniques, content, instructors' knowledge of the subject, instructors' transfer ability, visual aids, physical facilities, and morale; and (3) a subject matter test to be used for determining student growth in number of correct responses. Eleven course variables were analyzed in light of questionnaire and participant observer data. Findings were presented for each of the variables. Another analysis related to growth in learning in terms of change in score in the pretest and post-test and the extent the students consider the learning to be valuable in helping them to do a better job and enhance their advancement. Recommendations were made. (RC)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Course Evaluation, Data Analysis, Educational Programs, Evaluation Methods, Guides, Measurement Techniques, Observation, Participant Satisfaction, Professional Personnel, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Test Construction, Training, Water Pollution
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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