ERIC Number: ED266149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Evaluation of Extension In-Service Education: Ritual or Precursor of Program Excellence?
Summerhill, W. R.; Taylor, C. L.
The purposes of this study are: (1) to investigate the attitudes of Florida Extension Service specialists toward in-service education evaluation; (2) to determine the extent to which extension specialists are evaluating in-service education programs for which they have responsibility; (3) to determine the kinds of in-service education evaluation information considered by Extension specialists to be important; and (4) to determine the uses being made of the evaluation information collected. Data were collected through open-ended telephone interviews with twenty state extension specialists. Interviewees were selected from 35 specialists listed in the 1983-84 Florida Cooperative Extension Service Professional Development Opportunities Booklet. They were asked to describe evaluative information that was most useful to them with regard to their in-service education programs and to list ways in which the information was being used. Information collected was primarily perceptual and reactive, but it encompassed a variety of program aspects. Of importance to specialists, in order of rank, were the following: (1) participant perceptions of the usefulness of the content of the training; (2) perceptions of the extent that programs expectations had been met; and (3) reactions to various aspects of the teaching-learning process. (LMO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A