ERIC Number: ED338683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Technology Assessment: Policy and Methodological Issues.
Baker, Eva L.
The goal of technology assessment is to provide a larger view of the utility and potential impact of a class of technology for a set of potential uses. In this paper, the concentration is on technology for training. Some examples are given of technology assessments conducted on behalf of the public by national agencies. This view of technology assessment and its methodology is more global than that of product evaluation. Technology assessment attempts to determine the full range of use, and consequently must address estimates of input, context, and conditions of implementation as well as the outcomes, and multiple measures of major dimensions must be used. An approach of this sort can be called a training technology indicator system. In the operational conduct of technology assessment, both empirical analysis through studies and expert analysis by panels of knowledgeable individuals have a place. The implications of this definition of technology assessment for short-term and long-term studies are discussed. Three tables and two figures are provided. A 25-item list of references is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.