ERIC Number: ED284224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Professional Evaluators' Insights Applied to Assisting Freshman English Programs.
Battle, Mary Vroman
Evaluation of freshman English programs is a process involving recursive steps, such as planning which elements to review, securing resources to carry out the review, actually reviewing the planned elements, and providing written reports to decision-makers. The four elements of an educational program--contexts, input, process, and product--cohere tightly, and all important elements in an educational program may have to be improved for significant change to occur. A professional evaluator of English programs plans the intensity of the review and is involved in deciding how to respond to the political-practical circumstances impinging on the review. An evaluator also needs substantial financial resources, a year or more of time, help from a committee, consultations with other professionals, secretarial services, and research and editorial assistance. Although not everyone agrees on the goals of an English program, an evaluator will describe the goals or contexts as they appear on the basis of documents, interviews, and observations. It is crucial that evaluators review human and non-human resources in most English programs. A comparison of a program's courses and sections with those of typical programs can be made, and if discrepancies exist, a formal report should suggest alternative procedures. Expert information on the evaluation elements of teaching-learning and achievements is readily available. Professional evaluators' insights can help make the process of evaluation fair, efficient, and thorough. (References are appended.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (36th, Minneapolis, MN, March 21-23, 1985).