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ERIC Number: ED314973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Learning and the Teaching of Evaluation: A Study of an Experiential Learning Project.
Preskill, Hallie
The paper describes the development of a course on evaluation in business and industry, offered as part of a Master's program in Human Resource Development. Since the average age of the students was 36, special emphasis was placed on structuring the class to increase relevance to the students' working lives and to ways adults learn best. A brief literature review examined theories of adult learning and motivation and of experiential learning and teaching evaluation. This review resulted in identification of six principles of effective practice which guided course design. Central to the course's activities was a real-life evaluation study of a local insurance company's training programs. Implementation required negotiations with the company and university personnel, group design of the evaluation study, document analysis, development of employee and customer surveys as well as interview questions for individuals and focus groups, and preparation of a final report. Finally, the course was evaluated against the six principles identified as facilitating adult learning: (1) voluntary participation in learning; (2) mutual respect; (3) collaborative spirit; (4) action and reflection; (5) critical reflection; and (6) self-direction. All students recommended using the real-life evaluation project again. An appendix presents the evaluation design matrix. 18 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A