ERIC Number: ED173442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
School Evaluation Studies in Portland, Oregon: A Naturalistic Inquiry Approach to School Evaluation.
Reinstein, Barry J.; Williams, Clifford W.
A naturalistic inquiry approach was used for the collection and interpretation of information on the 138 schools in the Portland, Oregon school system. This approach was an in-person, field based, investigative method, and was nonobtrusive. Factors studied included: description of the school and its setting; the school building and facilities; school and community; school goals; administration; curriculum and instruction; support services; and student performance. There were 25 criteria for evaluating a school. These criteria covered instructional activities and grade placement; interpersonal relationships; academic achievement measures; standards for student behavior and administrative support; community, parent, and teacher participation; and adequate educational materials and physical facilities. Characteristics of the evaluators included professional experience in education; experience with teaching materials and resources; knowledge of evaluation technique; ability to function unobstrusively and to establish good rapport with staff and students; and ability to analyze data and report findings objectively. The program process involved school selection; on-site evaluation; report preparation; and report dissemination and application. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Ancillary Services, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluators, Field Studies, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Evaluation, Instructional Programs, Observation, Public Schools, School Administration, School Community Relationship, School Districts
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Oregon (Portland); Portland School District OR
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)