The purpose of this study was to field test an instrument incorporating a retrospective pretest to determine whether it could reliably be used as an evaluation tool for a professional development conference. Based on a prominent evaluation taxonomy, the instrument provides a practical, low-cost approach to evaluating the quality of professional development interventions across a wide variety of disciplines. The instrument includes not only the questions typically associated with measuring participants’ reactions but also includes a set of questions to gauge whether and how much learning occurred. Results indicate that the data produced from the instrument were reliable.
Allen, Jeff M. and Nimon, Kim
"Retrospective Pretest: A Practical Technique For Professional Development Evaluation,"
Journal of STEM Teacher Education: Vol. 44
, Article 4.
Available at: http://ir.library.illinoisstate.edu/jste/vol44/iss3/4