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ERIC Number: ED173442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: 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)