ERIC Number: ED202870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-20
Essential Elements in an Evaluation of School Change.
Barber, Larry W.
Boundaries are drawn, and essential elements in the evaluation of school change are suggested by a veteran public school system assistant superintendent in charge of performing evaluations for decision makers at the local level. The following essential elements are considered: (1) credibility--the most prized and critical of the elements of evaluation; (2) cooperation of decision makers--obtaining and keeping the cooperation of the Superintendent and the Board of Education; (3) adoption of an eclectic attitude about evaluation methodology--being fairly conversant with all current evaluation methods and how each method's component parts can be blended into a whole, a design or composition that when completed is understood and used by the client; and (4) adopting of self-imposed limits--the ability to know when to say no to requests to evaluate, e.g. not trying to evaluate a program that doesn't exist, and not evaluating personnel if the role is that of a program evaluator. The evaluator who evaluates programs almost always is disliked by his fellow educators, and when he attempts to evaluate people as well, generates immediate, long term, irreversible hatred to the point where cooperation to conduct future program evaluations will never occur. (RL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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