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ERIC Number: EJ779653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Using Problem-Based Learning to Train Evaluators
Lee, Janet; Wallace, Tanner LeBaron; Alkin, Marvin
American Journal of Evaluation, v28 n4 p536-545 2007
As the evaluation profession has continued to grow and develop, there has been a corresponding concern about how to properly train future evaluation practitioners. Those who teach evaluation strive to develop training opportunities that create the appropriate balance of the practical, how-to knowledge of evaluation with the burgeoning theoretical knowledge that undergirds responsible evaluation practice. There is a recognized need to move beyond traditional teaching methods to ones that are more engaging and "hands on" to help students understand the interactive nature of program evaluation. Problem-based learning is an experiential learning approach that can integrate the need to balance self-study of theory and practice, along with the need to familiarize students with the dynamic, interactive nature of program evaluation. This article serves as an introduction to the problem-based learning approach and describes this instructional method applied to teaching a graduate-level course in evaluation procedures. (Contains 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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