Behavioral vs. Judgmental Statements
by Bob Thompson
Behavioral Statements are descriptions only. They deal in facts and make no judgments or evaluations of those facts.
Example: She talked twenty percent of the time.
Judgmental statements are personal evaluations of the facts.
Example: He is doing a good job.
Types of Statements to Use in Evaluation
Effective formative evaluation requires behavioral language with the following characteristics:
- It must be behavioral, non judgmental.
- Use of “freeing” responses.
- It must be easily understood.
- It must be specific.
Effective summative evaluation requires judgmental language with the following characteristics:
- It must be judgmental.
- Often requires the use of some “binding” responses.
- It must be easily understood
- It must be specific