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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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ABBAD, Gardênia da Silva; SOUZA, Daniela Borges Lima de; LAVAL, Alexandre da Silva  and  SOUZA, Stella Cristina Pereira. Logical models for Instructional systems evaluation: two case studies. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.2, pp. 185-201. ISSN 1984-6657.

The aim of this article is to discuss the main challenges and benefits associated with the adoption of logical models to evaluate instructional systems. Analyses of the production of knowledge in this area have shown gaps in the investigation of relationships between program effects for egresses as well as the indirect impacts of these instructional programs on the organization. These gaps in the research have stimulated the adoption of methodological strategies to improve the understanding of the reality of such programs. Logical models are effective tools for the evaluation of social and governmental programs. This article presents, by way of empirical demonstration, two cases in which logical models were successfully used for instructional systems evaluation. The first presents the evaluation of a corporate training course and the second the evaluation of a professional master's. Several qualitative research steps were conducted in these studies and from them logical models were created. These models summarize the theory of the program, as conceived by the stakeholders, who were also participants in the study. The studies are described briefly, to illustrate the application of the logical models in these two contexts. Finally, the benefits and limitations of this approach for the evaluation of instructional systems are discussed.

Keywords : Program Evaluation; Training Evaluation; Logical Models.

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