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ERIC Number: ED119502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Pages: 17
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How Can We Assess Innovative Structures and Programs?
Shuy, Roger W.
Preoccupation with the science of educational evaluation has led educators to overlook the art of evaluation, the ability to make quick and accurate assessments, usually without statistical props. This paper suggests common-sense steps to insure accurate assessment of innovative structures. (1) Know the nature and purpose of innovation. An urban school system may innovate in desperation; suburban schools may make administrative or procedural changes out of jealousy of another suburb. (2) Know how interference from the physical product affects sound assessment. The attractiveness of a set of books or other materials may blur an educator's judgment. (3) Know how interference from human factors affects assessment; nice teachers or appealing children can distort analysis of real issues. (4) The relationship between claims and reality must be carefully assessed. The innovation's purpose must be identified and its performance of that goal evaluated. (5) Know the theory or knowledge base underlying the structure or program. It must be determined whether the program successfully fits its theoretical teaching and learning framework. (6) Know which areas are susceptible to innovation and which are resistant. The public will often resist innovation in certain areas and attempts at change will fail. (CHK)
Publication Type: Books
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