ERIC Number: ED329580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Management Information Systems for Basic Education: Discovering and Supporting Current Best Practice in Adult Literacy and Post-Literacy Evaluation.
Bhola, H. S.
A model of evaluation planning, implementation, and management is presented that includes: (1) a management information system (MIS) to provide a description of the size and scope of adult literacy and post-literacy programs (ALPPs); (2) naturalistic evaluation to provide insight into the meanings of ALPPs as experienced by participants; and (3) rationalistic evaluation of ALPPs. The model considers the MIS as the foundation stone of a dynamic culture of information. Naturalistic evaluation adds meaning to the data. Rationalistic evaluation is used to: make normative statements, make comparisons between groups, and assert correlations between particular variables. Implementing this model in international settings requires: commitment to internal evaluation; introduction of the model in settings providing technical assistance; and recognition of the outside evaluator's role as a skilled guest, qualified in the theory and methodology of evaluation. Meta evaluative objectives and the input of all stakeholders will be required to achieve a dynamic culture of information, reviewing both instrumental and moral questions. One figure illustrates the model. (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Culture of Information; Internal Evaluation; Naturalistic Evaluation; Post Literacy Programs; Rationalistic Evaluation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (Pittsburgh, PA, March 14-17, 1991).