Evaluation as Feedback in the Program Development Cycle.

by Marjorie L. Rapp


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A discussion of evaluation as a dynamic tool in the planning, implementing, observing, and correcting cycle in educational program development. In each phase of the cycle, evaluation helps to provide tentative answers to underlying questions as follows: (1) Planning: Where do we want to be at a given time in the future? (2) Implementation: How do we get there? (3) Observation: What progress are we making toward our goal? (4) Correction: How can we improve our planning, implementation, and observation? Evaluation in this sense provides for adaptability, flexibility, and self-improvement. 7 pp.

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