ERIC Number: ED202893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Constraints and Encouragers to Evaluation Utilization at the School Level.
To obtain a better understanding of evaluation utilization in school-level decision making, principals, special program coordinators, and resource teachers in 22 elementary schools in a large urban school district were interviewed. Some of the more prominent elements in the evaluation process that constrain or encourage evaluation utilization were analyzed. A "constraint" to evaluation utilization was defined as something that a typical administrator would find limits his/her choices or understanding. An "encourager" to evaluation utilization was something that increases an administrator's understanding. Three of the general features that emerged from the data--proximity, competing demands on time, and psychosocial variables--were discussed and their actions as constraints and encouragers to evaluation utilization were analyzed. Sharers, i.e., cooperative decision makers, made the greatest use of evaluation information that arose at the local level and had more direct personal contact. Confronters, i.e., decision makers who were more directive about change, appreciated the clout that came from evaluations generated by higher authority at other levels of the organization. A number of suggestions were made to increase evaluation utilization at the site level. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.