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ERIC Number: ED139761
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of Research on Models of Product Development and Evaluation. Research Evaluation Development Paper Series. No. 1.
Smith, Nick L.; Murray, Stephen L.
This paper offers a critical look at the current research base supporting development and evaluation (D&E) models of instructional products. The author, accepting as valid a definition of D&E models as "exemplary models, outlining designs or conceptions of things worthy of imitation," examines current interest in their development and use and offers a review of past research on models. The main findings of this review is that, while guides for developing performance specifications abound, research into the utility of such procedures is minimal. The same situation prevails with research concerning the evaluation of instructional products. Two basic problems, which must be solved before adequate empirical data may be accumulated, concerning D&E models are: (1) just what constitutes a development or evaluation model, and how can one identify and adequately describe such models; and (2) what are the actual purposes for using development and evaluation models in materials development. As researchers begin to address these questions and use them to focus their work, better evidence will come to light regarding the utility of using models in the development and evaluation of instructional products. (MB)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Models, Research Needs, Research Problems, State of the Art Reviews
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.