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ERIC Number: ED367153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
How Program Personnel Can Help Maximize the Utility of Language Program Evaluations.
Mackay, Ronald
A discussion of second language program evaluation is intended for staff (teachers, program planners, materials writers, program managers) of programs being evaluated, to help them understand the process and dynamics of program evaluation. It addresses common concerns and fears about evaluation, offers ways in which staff can cooperate with evaluators or defend themselves against inadequately trained or insensitive evaluators, and provides practical suggestions for becoming active participants. First, the difference between applied linguistics research (classroom or institutional) and program evaluation are enumerated, and a distinction is made between advocacy and evaluation. It is suggested that a research-like procedure can masquerade as evaluation, and eight ways in which program staff can turn this procedure into a cooperative process are outlined. All revolve around clear communication between staff, source of funding for the study, and researcher. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: In: Anivan, Sarinee, Ed. Issues in Language Programme Evaluation in the 1990's. Anthology Series 27; see FL 021 869.