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ERIC Number: ED314480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 11
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Commitment and Change: Qualitative Factors Affecting Successful Program Innovations.
Emihovich, Catherine
This paper reports the results of a qualitative evaluation of the Chapter 1 Program Improvement Workshop Series--Level II, funded by the Educational Testing Service, Technical Assistance Center (TAC), for Region 3. Focus is on the role of commitment in influencing change. The methodological approach, advocated by M. Q. Patton (1986), focuses on: (1) appropriateness, utility, practicality, credibility, and relevance to clients; and (2) "hidden agenda" issues or participants' gut-level reactions to programming. Hidden agenda can only be revealed through direct observation and face-to-face interviews. Factors identified as influencing commitment include information about the program, support at the state level, an emphasis on parent advocacy, and multiple roles played by TAC facilitators. Factors affecting willingness to change included commitment of new administrative personnel and the increased emphasis on the role of the Chapter 1 teacher. Finally, the use of exemplary and innovative programs was emphasized. The use of qualitative techniques of data collection allowed evaluators to play a much stronger role in formative evaluation. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1