ERIC Number: ED170357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating Experiential Learning Programs.
Hamilton, Stephen F.
Suggestions for evaluating experiential learning programs, especially the effects of various forms of experiential learning on different types of learners, are discussed. Evaluation designs currently in use involve a four-tier hierarchy: (1) participant responses; (2) use of measurement instruments; (3) attribution of measurable effects to a particular program; and (4) attribution of particular effects to various properties of a program. The author believes there has been little success in tiers three and four of the hierarchy. Recommendations for future evaluation studies at level four are proposed, including the development of measurement instruments and research design. Types of needed measurement instruments include developmental interviews and direct observations of behavior. Research design recommendations apply to programs with specific objectives, and include use of pilot programs, contrived experiments in which programs are specifically developed for evaluation purposes, and researcher-program staff cooperation to plan programs which can be evaluated experimentally. Questions to be addressed in developing the research design concern learner characteristics and school performance, and whether students are participating in adult-directed activities, or in student directed programs in order to achieve student-initiated goals. (MH)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Measurement Techniques, Program Evaluation, Research Design, Research Reviews (Publications), Secondary Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)