ERIC Number: ED203718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-29
The Role of NIE in Foreign Language Dissemination and Evaluation.
Eddy, Peter A.
One of 10 studies commissioned to investigate research needs and to stimulate planning activities, this paper reviews program evaluation in foreign language education (FLED), and offers a number of recommendations to improve present practice. It begins by noting that very little FLED program evaluation is taking place today, and by arguing that there is a pressing need for measurement instruments and validation studies so that such evaluations may be conducted in the future. The paper then analyzes five major problems that preclude effective dissemination and evaluation of foreign language education on the state and local level: (1) the wastefulness of current dissemination within professional societies, (2) the fact that the only funded entity for question-answering from local education agencies in the FLED field is at the ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, (3) duplication of data but little use by the public, (4) federally-funded projects that are not reaching their goals, and (5) little communication between FLED, English as a second language, and bilingual education communities. Six strategies are recommended whereby NIE can improve the situation. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Council on Educational Research (NIE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a meeting of the National Council on Education Research (Washington, DC, April 29, 1981).