ERIC Number: ED187239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation Model for State of the Art Programs for Engineering Practitioners.
A pilot-model for evaluating state-of-the-art short-courses for engineer practitioners was developed based on assessments of 10 Continuing Education in Engineering (CEE) courses offered by University Extension of the University of California, Berkeley. Instruments used in the study included student questionnaires, faculty interviews, follow-up questionnaires and interviews with participants, interviews with supervisers and colleagues and observations of classes. Program characteristics, demographic and attitudinal participant characteristics, and work demand and conditions were examined. Part One, Procedures, examines course characteristics, design of study, questionnaires, evaluation procedures, and interviews. Part Two, Results, examines developing a data base, students' rating by course, student profiles, experience vs. attitude toward the course, course expectations, and student characteristics. The final sections offer a summary of findings such as: student diversity poses a major dilemma for faculty members who plan to teach CEE short-courses; participants were generally satisfied with the CEE courses they took; and participants were interested in taking further courses in the subject. A discussion section offers general information on aspects of planning, teaching, and evaluating a CEE short-course and provides a taxonomy of educational outcomes. References are provided. Appendices include: instruments used in the study; example of a data base; and evaluation reports on individual CEE courses. (LC)
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Course Objectives, Databases, Engineering Education, Engineers, Interviews, Minicourses, Models, Participant Satisfaction, Pilot Projects, Professional Continuing Education, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Refresher Courses, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Extension Div.