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ERIC Number: ED118989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 20
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Conference Evaluation: Pro or Con.
Hameister, Dennis R.
The conference method has a long history as a way of teaching, problem solving, information sharing, and conflict resolving. There are two methods of planning conferences: a systematic and organized method, and an informal method. Central to estimating the success of a conference is evaluation. In the evaluation process, obtaining information consistent with stated objectives is an essential first step, a task whcih frequently necessitates a full-time evaluator. To determine the full effect of the conference on all participants, it is advisable to include all participants in the evaluation process. Though expensive and time consuming, evaluation readily reimburses initial planning costs. The various symptoms of inadequate evaluation, for instance, low re-enrollments, high dropout rates, and employer complaints, often contribute to the neglect of evaluation. Obstacles to evaluation include: difficulty in appraising behavior change, lack of comparative data, financial constraints, and unclear or unspecific objectives. Methods and techniques for evaluating a conference involve initial construction of a plan and utilization of valid and reliable evaluation instruments. Evaluators themselves must determine the combination of before, during, and after conference instruments appropriate for the purposes desired. (JR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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