ERIC Number: ED242925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Feedback Needs of Training Developers and Evaluators. Research Report 1351.
Witmer, Bob G.; Burnside, Billy L.
A study was conducted to examine the needs of military training developers for feedback from the field on the quality of their products and ways that these needs can best be served. Thirty division and branch chiefs from the Directorate of Training Developments (DTD) at a large center/school were interviewed concerning their feedback needs, using an interview form specially developed for the purpose. Interviewees were queried about the types of feedback currently available to them, where they get it, how they use it, and where they send it. Interviewees were then asked to state any needs that they might have for additional feedback. The study found that the present feedback system is not providing all the feedback that training developers need for improving training programs and materials. The study recommended that to increase the quantity and quality of feedback available to training developers, the coordination between the DTD and trainers should be increased; management personnel should increase the number of contacts with the field; more emphasis should be placed on hands-on testing and other objective data collection methods; and computer-based data analysis and management techniques for handling feedback should be developed. The study may interest training developers and evaluators who wish to improve the quality of the feedback that they obtain. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Alexandria, VA.