ERIC Number: ED206252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Evaluation by Participant/Observers.
Houge, Donald R.
The participant/observer (P/O) evaluation technique was developed to supplement the standard participant evaluation technique in medical education workshops. The feasibility of using the technique was examined at two conferences: an annual state medical meeting with 26 workshops and a patient education conference with 16 workshops. Volunteers from each workshop pre-registration list were given evaluation responsibilities beyond the standard form that included: becoming familiar with the goals and objectives of the workshop, meeting with the workshop faculty, making observations during the workshop on physical arrangement, observing the teaching techniques used, interacting with other participants and collecting their perceptions, and filling out a form to return to the workshop faculty. Forty out of 42 workshops found the P/O technique a valuable supplement to the standard participant type of evaluation; in two workshops the P/O did not remain for the duration of the workshop. A standard evaluation form on value of topic, level of content presented, and quality of presentation is appended. The P/O Outline requires a comment on the sense of the overall flow of the course, fulfillment of the course objectives, physical set as appropriate for the course, quality of handouts and slides, practicality of the course content, participant reaction, percentage of those remaining for the whole course, the role of the P.O, opinion about repeating the course at a future conference, and a judgment on the course faculty. (CC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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