ERIC Number: ED267246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Reference Guide to Program Evaluation in Adult Education.
Sewall, Timothy J.; Santaga, Marsha
This paper provides a review of a wide range of books, guides, journal articles, and other professional literature associated with program evaluation in adult and higher education. It focuses on some of the basic questions associated with program evaluation. (For example, what purpose does program evaluation serve? What are the major program evaluation models used? In what ways, if any, is program evaluation in adult education different from the evaluation of other types of programs?) In general, the journal articles selected were those abstracted in the Current Index to Journals in Education between 1981 and 1985. Books were selected to represent fairly what is currently available in the field; most have been published in the last 10 years. The guides and workbooks selected for review include a wide selection of how-to evaluation manuals, ranging from fairly simple to complex. The paper has been divided into four major sections. The first section provides an overview of the major purposes for doing a program evaluation in adult education. Section II includes a brief description of four selected evaluation models that appear to be particularly applicable to adult education programs. The third section provides a critique of five commercially published "how-to-do-an-evaluation" packages and guides that can be applied to postsecondary adult education. The final section consists of an analytical summary in tabular form of books and guides pertaining to program evaluation and an annotated bibliography of selected journal articles and books that covers the professional literature for the past five years. (KC)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Green Bay. Assessment Center.