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ERIC Number: ED501715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 58
Abstractor: As Provided
Embedded Evaluation: Blending Training and Assessment
McCowan, Richard J.; McCowan, Sheila C.
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This paper describes an evaluation model called embedded training evaluation (ETE) which can be used to evaluate different types of training ranging from basic skills through constructed learning. The model was developed for the New York State Child Welfare/Child Protection Services Common Core training program. ETE is particularly effective in evaluating high-level performance skills using items that require examinees to construct responses. It can be used to assess in-service and on-the-job training, either independently or in combination with regular classroom instruction. It uses constructed tasks integrated with the curriculum and blends instruction with evaluation. These tasks are situated in realistic, job-related settings within the classroom that are a natural part of training. ETE strategies are authentic because trainees demonstrate what they can do as workers in a job-like setting. When properly designed, assessments are indistinguishable from instruction. ETE takes place in a setting analogous to the workplace using a training design similar to an assessment center. It incorporates key aspects of a cognitive apprenticeship that allow trainees to emulate processes experts use to solve job-related problems. ETE uses skill-based items derived from the curriculum that combine assessment and training into a single, coherent package. ETE provides a context appropriate for assessing constructive knowledge, but does not preclude testing objective and cognitive knowledge. Since this analytic, controlled process makes evaluation an integral part of training, it is a cost-effective, controlled alternative for assessing trainee competence. Three appendixes are included: (1) Sample Trainee Performance Report; (2) Counselor Rating Scale; and (3) Supervisor's OJT Checklist. Appendixes are referenced separately. (Contains 8 tables.) [Funding is provided by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Development of Human Services; State University of New York (SUNY), Research Foundation
Identifiers - Location: New York