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ERIC Number: EJ1048718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1962
Questioning Needs Assessment: Some Limitations and Positive Alternatives
Hannum, Wallace
Educational Technology, v53 n6 p29-34 Nov-Dec 2013
This article raises questions about the use of needs assessment by those seeking to improve the performance of organizations and individuals. While the discrepancy model of needs assessment has enjoyed a long history and is widely accepted, the author states that it has several undesirable consequences in terms of its impact. This article offers some positive alternatives to traditional needs assessment based on a strengths-based approach and appreciative inquiry that do not have these negative consequences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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