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ERIC Number: ED435753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 10
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Measuring "What People Learned" versus "What People Say They Learned": Does the Difference Matter?
Le Rouzie, Violaine; Ouchi, Fumika; Zhou, Chunnong
Training courses organized by the World Bank Institute (WBI) have recently started to assess participant learning using a randomized, cognitive pretest-posttest. Some trainers, however, feel reluctant to use this Level 2 evaluation (D. Kirkpatrick, 1994) in their courses, and continue to rely on participants' self-assessment of their own knowledge, a more common, traditional approach, that has been used by the WBI. This study investigated whether participants' perceptions about what they have learned can be a valid proxy of what they have actually learned. In some cases self-assessment by participants was positively correlated with the amount of their actual learning. However, the correlation was too weak to enable researchers to rely on perceived self-reported data on learning to measure actual learning. Breaking down the data by gender, region, education, or years of related experience showed that none of the groups studied were consistently able to validly assess how much they learned in a course. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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