ERIC Number: ED260218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Summative Evaluation in Training and Development: A Review and Critique of the Literature, 1980 through 1983. Training and Development Research Center: Project Number Four.
Parker, Barbara L.
From 1980 through 1983, 41 articles in selected professional journals dealt with summative evaluation of training and development efforts in business and industry. All of the standard components of program evaluation were addressed either directly or indirectly in them, in varying degree and depth. Although one must contact the primary audience to determine the purpose of an evaluation, only 26 articles mentioned this step. While the majority of articles discussed evaluation questions, few linked them to specific audiences. The purpose seemed to be to prove to funders that the training function is worthwhile. Possible constraints on the evaluation process were mentioned in 21 articles. The frameworks implied in these articles were clustered around decision making, goal achievement, and accountability. Eight possible designs/strategies were mentioned: experimental study, quasi-experimental study, survey, personnel or client assessment, systematic "expert" judgment, and case study. Tactics, both technical and managerial, were also mentioned. Thirteen articles referred to the reporting component of evaluation. A third mentioned planning, the references ranging from single statements to a matrix guide. Only 37 percent referred to the evaluator's role and/or qualifications. (An appended master data chart lists the articles and summarizes the information found in each.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Note: For related documents, see CE 042 050-057.