Evaluation of Training Effectiveness in Education Sector: An Empirical Study
Research confirming a significantly positive relationship between various HRM systems and activities and organizations’ success is well documented in literature with the caution that organizations barely take cognizance to such research and as a consequence is not subjected to due measurement. Even as this holds true about all the HR activities alike, the need for measuring the effectiveness of training programmes however, assumes a greater significance given the amount of money and time involved in its arrangement and organization. Given this, the present study attempted to evaluate the training effectiveness in Government run schools in the State of Jammu & Kashmir using Kirkpatrick’s three of the four levels of evaluation model: the reaction, learning, & the behaviour. The study using three self-developed questionnaires, collected data from two types of respondents at two time intervals: one from the teacher trainees with a sample size of 152 for measuring their immediate/affective reaction (reaction & learning levels) from the training programme at time 1 and the other two for measuring transfer of training from the same teacher trainees at time 2 and the headmasters of the teacher trainee participating schools. The study on the whole found that teacher trainees’ were moderately satisfied with the overall training programme. Moreover, the transfer of training as indicated by the teacher trainees’ and the headmasters’ of the respective teacher trainee schools was also found satisfactory. The results of the study are discussed in the light of extant research.
Keywords - Training evaluation, schools, Kirkpatrick, teacher trainees.