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Formative evaluation is a type of evaluation which has the purpose of improving programs. It goes under other names such as developmental evaluation and implementation evaluation. It can be contrasted with other types of evaluation which have other purposes, in particular process evaluation and outcome evaluation. An example of this is its use in instructional design to assess ongoing projects during their construction to implement improvements. Formative evaluation can use any of the techniques which are used in other types of evaluation: surveys, interviews, data collection and experiments (where these are used to examine the outcomes of pilot projects).

Formative evaluation developed relatively late in the course of evaluation's emergence as a discipline as a result of growing frustration with an exclusive emphasis on outcome evaluation as the only purpose for evaluation activity. Outcome evaluation looks at the intended or unintended positive or negative consequences of a program, policy or organization. While outcome evaluation is useful where it can be done, it is not always the best type of evaluation to undertake. For instance, in many cases it is difficult or even impossible to undertake an outcome evaluation because of either feasibility or cost. In other cases, even where outcome evaluation is feasible and affordable, it may be a number of years before the results of an outcome evaluation become available. As a consequence, attention has turned to using evaluation techniques to maximize the chances that a program will be successful instead of waiting till the final results of a program are available to assess its usefulness. Formative evaluation therefore complements outcome evaluation rather than being an alternative to it.

Formative evaluation is done with a small group of people to "test run" various aspects of instructional materials. For example, you might ask a friend to look over your web pages to see if they are graphically pleasing, if there are errors you've missed, if it has navigational problems. It's like having someone look over your shoulder during the development phase to help you catch things that you miss, but a fresh set of eyes might not. At times, you might need to have this help from a target audience. For example, if you're designing learning materials for third graders, you should have a third grader as part of your Formative Evaluation.

The terms formative and summative evaluation were coined by Michael Scriven (1967) .

Formative Evaluation has also recently become the recommended method of evaluation in U.S. education. In this context, an educator would analyze the performance of a student during the teaching/intervention process and compare this data to the baseline data. There are four visual criteria that can be applied

  1. Change in mean,
  2. Change in level or discontinuity of performance,
  3. Change in trend or rate of change,
  4. Latency of change

Another method of monitoring progress in formative evaluation is use of the number-point rule. In this method, if a certain pre-specified number of data points collected during the intervention are above the goal, then the educators need to consider raising the goal or discontinuing the intervention. If data points vary highly, educators can discuss how to motivate a student to achieve more consistently.


At the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Vienna Twitter was used for formative course evaluation.

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Question:action-outcome learning has to do with instrumental conditioning, but that's all i know i appreciate any help, and i already looked online and i can't find an explanation or definition

Answers:Also known as operant conditioning. Operant behavior "operates" on the environment and is maintained by its consequences. Basically what this says is that learning is contingent upon the consequences of our behaviour. The consequences will either reinforce our behaviour, so making it more likely we will perform that behaviour in the future, or punish our behaviour, making it less like we will perform that behaviour in the future.

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Question:Use the definition of the integral given in theorem 4 to evaluate the integral. Here is a link to the picture of the problem... http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee292/Darkwizard8555/problem3copy.jpg Please show me what to do with this problem, as I have no idea where to start, and how to you plug in the answers or what ever to find the sums? Thanks

Answers:The integral I is equal to : (b-a)/n * S with S = sum from i=1 to i=n of f(a + i(b-a)/n) Here, a = -1, b = 5, b-a = 6 f(a + i(b-a)n) = f(-1 + 6i/n) = 1 - 3(-1+6i/n) = 4 - 18i/n S = sum (4 - 18i/n) = sum(4) - 18/n sum(i) sum(4) = 4 + 4 + ... + 4 = 4n sum(i) = 1 + 2 + 3 + ... + n = n(n+1)/2 Thus S = 4n - 9(n+1) = -5n - 9 and I = 6/n * S = -30 - 54/n The limit is -30 I = - 30

Question:If 11
Answers:= x-11 Since x is always greater than 11, the resulting number will be a positive number. = -1

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Exponents 1-definition, meaning and evaluating :Videos by Julie Harland yourmathgal.com Shows how to evaluate problems b^n with positive exponents, but where base may be negative. Explains difference when negative sign is in or out of the parentheses.

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