ERIC Number: ED293409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Field Experiences in Evaluation Courses: Increasing Their Value to Students and Sponsors.
A fieldwork procedure that enables students to design and conduct meaningful evaluation research in one semester is described. The procedure has been used in a 13-week program evaluation course in a master's program in community psychology and industrial/organizational psychology. About 2 months before the course begins, administrative units within the university are invited to submit requests for evaluation assistance. At the first class meeting, a list of potential evaluation projects are distributed to students. In most cases teams of two or three students get their first choice of projects. Before the third class meeting, student teams are to meet with their project sponsors to start negotiating the specifics of their evaluations. By the fifth class meeting, teams submit written evaluation plans to the course instructor and their project sponsors. Projects share at least four characteristics that have contributed to their success: they are client-driven, small-scale, regulated by strict deadlines, and campus-based. Outcomes for 10 sponsors who worked with student teams over 2 years are briefly discussed. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association (Boston, MA, October 15-17, 1987).