ERIC Number: ED174068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of Case Study as an Approach to Program Evaluation. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Milley, Jane E.
The problems, procedures, and benefits of case-study program evaluation are investigated. An evaluation plan that included several data collection methods (document review, interview, content analysis, attitude questionnaire survey, sociogram analysis) and emphasized the role of the evaluator as participant-observer, collector and synthesizer of information, and case writer was developed. This plan was then applied to evaluate the Gordon College faculty development program at the end of its first year of operation. The case study method presents a narrative, story-like report that is interspersed with traditional evaluation information. The importance of the role of the evaluator and skills that the job requires are discussed. Evaluator bias, defining parameters, and writing and organizing the case are detailed. It is suggested that case study program evaluation has great potential for widespread use. Related areas that warrant further investigation are proposed. (Author/SF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979; Gordon College MA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979)