ERIC Number: ED263204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-11
Reference Count: N/A
Qualitative Strategies in Evaluating a Statewide Instructional Improvement Program.
Hoffman, Lee McGraw
A case study approach was used to evaluate the statewide reading improvement project in Louisiana called Special Plan Upgrading Reading (SPUR). SPUR emphasized a change agent approach by providing Technical Assistants and small stipends (approximately $5,000) to participating school districts. During the first two years of the evaluation, primarily quantitative data were collected on achievement, services provided, and changes in classroom instruction. The case study approach was used during the third year, examining particularly successful instances of project adoption, to describe how SPUR worked and to explain why it worked. Twelve schools from six local school districts were examined in detail. Evaluators interviewed the local SPUR director, superintendent, principals, teachers, and the SPUR Technical Assistants. Questions involved the major project effect; the key person, event, or situation associated with its success; and suggestions for making SPUR more effective. Some of the conclusions were that (1) change followed a classic adoption-diffusion process, with situations affecting the rate of change; (2) support from the central office was crucial; (3) Technical Assistants were effective both inside and outside the school district; (4) change could be initiated either within or outside the school; and (5) side benefits were significant. (GDC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Data Collection, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Evaluators, Field Interviews, Improvement Programs, Instructional Improvement, Linking Agents, Program Administration, Program Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Reading Improvement, Reading Programs, State Programs, Success
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana