ERIC Number: ED199300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Nationwide Survey of Administrators' Perceptions of Evaluation.
King, Jean A.; Thompson, Bruce
Perceptions of evaluation held by principals, superintendents, and school board members were investigated. The study's instrument, a brief survey, was sent to a nationwide random sample of administrators. Dependent variables focused on the following general areas of concern: the users' perceptions of evaluation, including how useful they find its results, its most important function for them, etc., and the users' perceptions of their interactions with evaluators, including the frequency of contact, the most common types of evaluators, and the users' preferred method of receiving evaluation information. For the purposes of the survey, program evaluation was defined as "the process of providing information about programs to administrators or school board members to help them make decisions regarding the programs." Tentative conclusions based on responses to the questionnaire included: (1) a majority of users find the evaluations of educational programs in their school system useful; (2) roughly half of the average decisions made are determined by evaluation information; (3) only 28 percent of respondents reported that the program effects they most care about can be directly measured; and (4) few users speak frequently with program evaluators about the programs they are studying. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Utilization