ERIC Number: ED391830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
How To Conduct a Formative Evaluation.
Beyer, Barry K.
Formative evaluation consists of assessing educational programs or other kinds of educational products while they are being developed to help shape them into their final forms. This publication is intended for those whose job it is to develop new programs and products or to evaluate them during development. Topics discussed include: (1) the nature and importance of formative evaluation; (2) when to conduct them and what to look for; (3) sources of formative feedback; (4) data-gathering instruments and procedures; (5) formative evaluation in practice; and (6) guidelines for planning a formative evaluation. Careful planning is stressed, as is the use of multiple evaluation methods, validated before use. Each stage of an examination should focus on the kinds of information that will be of immediate use in improving the quality of the product. Results of each evaluation should be used to modify and shape the product as it moves through development. (Contains 9 figures and 20 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Feedback, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Material Development, Program Development, Self Evaluation (Groups), Validity
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.