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Task Analysis—Instructional Systems Development by Alice K. Waagen Ph.D.

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Undertaking a Task Analysis

To perform a useful and valid task analysis, you must know the basic steps to follow and what methods of gathering data are most effective and appropriate for your assignment. Once the upfront planning is completed, use the following guidelines to help you reach a successful conclusion to the task analysis process.

First Steps

Task analysis can differ in complexity and scope. For instance, you could accurately document a simple set of tasks by interviewing current employees, if they were performing the tasks successfully to performance standards. On the other hand, it could take many interview and data-gathering sessions to identify all the components of a complex job or a position that was undergoing change and ...

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