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ERIC Number: ED359261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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An Analytic Framework for Evaluating the Impact of Education Reform.
Kraft, Nancy P.
Components that should comprise a model for analyzing the impact of educational reform are discussed. An analytic framework is presented that consists of a synthesis from research of the following elements considered crucial in the formation of such a framework: (1) objectives or goals of the reform; (2) processes used to reach those objectives; and (3) outcomes that result from interaction of the objectives and processes. These categories are placed and analyzed in a broader social, political, economic, and cultural context that in turn is placed within an ideological context or theoretical perspective. Positivism, interpretivism, and critical theory are compared; and critical theory is identified as the basis of the proposed analytic framework. The next layer of the model explores contextual considerations. A model must also include an analysis comparing the objectives of the reform to the processes by which the reform is conceived and implemented. A model based on critical theory supports the necessity of using standards of societal concerns to assess the degree to which educational outcomes have been achieved. Assessing this degree of achievement is accomplished through an analysis of specific policy goals and outcomes and then through questioning standards and criteria that had previously been accepted as givens, such as equity and quality of life. (Contains 62 endnotes and 32 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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